Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters consider Joe Biden to be politically liberal. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 15% believe the former Vice President is a centrist while 14% see him as conservative. Nineteen percent (19%) do not know enough to have an opinion about his ideology.
The numbers are similar among Democratic voters: 51% see the party’s frontrunner as liberal, 20% say he’s a centrist, and 15% believe he is politically conservative (see crosstab results).
Biden currently has a wide lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. His closest competitor–Senator Bernie Sanders–is seen as being further to the left politically. Sixty-five percent (65%) of all voters consider Sanders to be politically liberal. Fifty-six percent (56%) same the same about Elizabeth Warren.
Other Democratic hopefuls are less well known. Thirty-five percent (35%) don’t know enough about Senator Kamala Harris to assess her ideology. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the same about former Congressman Beto O’Rourke and and 45% don’t have an opinion about Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s ideology. Among those with an opinion, all three are perceived as fairly liberal.
President Trump is perceived as a conservative by 61% of voters, a centrist by 7%, and politically liberal by 10%. Biden leads Trump in the latest general election polling.
Overall, among the general population, 26% of voters are politically liberal while 35% are conservative.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted April 30-May 1, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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