Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters nationwide consider former Vice President Joe Biden’s rhetoric to be uplifting and unifying. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found 28% take the opposite view and find it polarizing and divisive. Twenty-five percent (25%) say it’s neither, 3% have not heard of Biden and 10% are not sure.
A narrow plurality of voters find three other leading candidates to be more polarizing than unifying. Senator Bernie Sanders’ rhetoric is seen as divisive by 34% and unifying by 31%. For Senator Kamala Harris, the numbers are 30% divisive and 24% unifying. As for Senator Elizabeth Warren, 31% say divisive and 26% unifying.
Among Democrats only, 52% see Biden’s rhetoric as uplifting and unifying (see crosstab results). The numbers are slightly lower for Sanders (46%), Warren (45%), and Harris (43%).
Data released earlier showed that 53% of voters consider President Trump’s rhetoric to be polarizing and divisive. Forty-three percent (43%) say the same about both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
This survey of Democratic presidential hopefuls was conducted prior to the second round of Democratic presidential debates.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 27-28, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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