Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters nationwide believe former Vice President Joe Biden’s main policy positions are in the political mainstream. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 46% say the same about President Trump’s positions.
Other Democratic contenders have numbers similar to the president’s. Forty-eight percent (48%) say Senator Elizabeth Warren’s views are in the mainstream and 47% say the same about the views of both Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Kamala Harris.
However, it is far from clear that having mainstream political views is an asset to many voters. Among those who approve of President Trump, nearly a third (31%) think his policy views are out of the political mainstream. Thirty-five percent (35%) of the most conservative voters agree.
On the other side of the aisle, 47% of the most liberal voters believe that Sanders’s views are out of the mainstream. Nearly as many say the same about Warren (44%) and Harris (38%). However, very liberal voters overwhelmingly believe Biden’s views are mainstream: 85% hold that view (see crosstab results).
The survey also asked about the tone and style of each candidate. The results were very similar to responses about each candidate’s policy positions.
As with many things in political life, definition of the political mainstream likely differs from person to person. In 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was seen as the more mainstream candidate. For many voters, that was reason enough to vote against her.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 1-2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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