Biden Still Democrats’ Best Hope for 2020, Despite 'Creepy Uncle Joe' Scandal
Polls shows former vice president is still way out in front as Dems' favorite
Former Vice President Joe Biden is still way out in front as the Democrats' best hope for the 2020 presidential election, despite the recent "Creepy Uncle Joe" scandal, according to the latest polls.
An April poll by Saint Anselm College Survey Center shows Biden is still positioned as the Democratic Party's best bet to take on President Donald Trump, even though the ex-VP hasn't officially announced his bid yet.
According to the St. Anselm College poll, Biden, who has not yet entered the race, leads the ballot test with 23 percent.
Bernie Sanders comes in at a not-even-close second with 16 percent, followed by Pete Buttigieg at 11%, Elizabeth Warren at 9%, Kamala Harris at 7%, and Beto O’Rourke at 6%.
Buttigieg has shown more growth than any other candidate since the February poll.
In just two months, his name recognition has skyrocketed 33% among New Hampshire voters, with 31 of those points adding to his favorable image.
Biden’s lead is driven by universal name recognition, and he continues to carry a strong favorability rating of 70%.
Sanders is at 67% favorable and 25% unfavorable, which is almost exactly where his numbers stood in February.
This static trend is also true for the third universally known candidate, Warren, who is at 58% favorable and 30% favorable.
Harris, Booker, and O’Rourke were slightly less favorable than they were in the February poll.
On the other hand, John Delaney and Tulsi Gabbard’s name recognition and favorable impressions increased.
Former VP Biden is the leader of the pack with 26 percent of California Democrats and voters leaning Democratic, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont takes 18 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners, with 17 percent for native daughter, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have 7 percent each, with no other Democratic contender topping 4 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds.
Being a great leader is more important in a presidential candidate than having great policy ideas, all voters say 50 - 39 percent.
Democrats and Democratic leaners agree 52 - 38 percent.
The issue of Biden touching women is not serious, 66 percent of all California voters say, including 67 percent of women and 71 percent of Democrats.”
According to the New York Times, loud and proud gay Christian Pete Buttigieg is roiling values voters.
As a religious gay man who believes his party has ceded discussion of religion and spirituality to Republicans, Buttigieg, a Democratic candidate for president, is talking about God and sexuality in an unconventional way: He is using the language of faith to confront the Christian right on territory they have long claimed as their own, the NYT reports.
Mr. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has provoked a backlash from conservatives in the last few days after questioning the moral authority of evangelicals like Vice President Mike Pence who remain silent about President Trump’s personal conduct yet disapprove of same-sex marriages and oppose gay rights.
Though many conservatives were initially reluctant to engage Mr. Buttigieg because they feared it would only add to his growing stature as a 2020 contender, they jumped on his latest comments.
Some suggested he was attacking the vice president to further raise his profile.
According to Axios, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) has released a new corporate tax plan.
2020 candidate Warren released a new corporate tax proposal on Thursday that would create a new 7% tax on corporations' profits over $100 million.
Details: Warren's proposal estimates that her ‘Real Corporate Profits Tax,’ which targets the profits reported by companies on their financial statements and would come in addition to existing tax liabilities, could bring in $1 trillion over 10 years.
She used Amazon as a prominent example, arguing her proposal would have caused the tech giant to pay $698 million in taxes in 2018 instead of $0, despite its record profits.
Meanwhile, NBC News reports that the DNC is preparing hyper-local effort to bracket Trump.
Voters in hundreds of small and medium-sized towns across America are about to be targeted with digital ads, press conferences and billboards featuring neighbors and friends who say they’ve been "betrayed" by President Donald Trump.
The effort is the main feature of the Democratic National Committee’s "war room" that launches on Thursday and is focused on defeating Trump in 2020, according to officials who briefed NBC News.
Responding to criticism that Democrats were too focused on Trump’s temperament and personal attributes during Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, the party’s main organizing arm says it’s making a major expansion of its opposition research team that will be "hyper-focused" on the impact of Trump’s policies on local communities.