At this early state of the 2020 election season, just three potential Democratic presidential nominees are known by at least two-thirds of Democratic voters: former Vice-President Joe Biden is viewed favorably by 76%, Senator Bernie Sanders earns positive reviews from 69%, and Senator Elizabeth Warren receives favorably ratings from 58%.
Warren recently announced she is entering the race. Her ratings are essentially unchanged from a month ago.
A majority of Democratic voters have opinions on four other potential candidates: Senator Cory Booker (52% favorable), former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (46%), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (45%), and Senator Kamala Harris (44%).
O’Rourke’s favorable ratings among Democrats are down seven points from a month ago. That was matched by an increase in people who either don’t know who he is or don’t have an opinion of him.
Four other likely contenders have lower levels of name recognition. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (35% favorable), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (30%), Senator Amy Klobuchar (28%), and billionaire activist Tom Steyer 26%.
Castro is expected to announce his decision about running in 202 on January 12.
Among Democrats, none of the nominees have unfavorable ratings above 10% except Sanders (17%) and Bloomberg (14%).
Looking to the larger electorate, just five of the potential Democratic nominees are recognized by a majority of voters: Biden (54% favorable among all voters), Sanders (46%), Warren (37%), Bloomberg (34%), and Booker (29%).
A month ago, O’Rourke was recognized by a majority. That has slipped to 48% today. He is currently viewed favorably by 29% and unfavorably by 18%.
Among the others, Harris draws the highest favorable rating (27%) followed by Gillibrand (23%), Klobuchar (19%), Castro (19%), and Steyer (18%).
See full crosstab results for all 11 contenders.
These numbers are likely to change dramatically as the campaign unfolds. And, of course, some of the potential nominees may not run while still others may choose to enter the race.
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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted January 3-4, 2018 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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