Gabbard, Brown, and Several other Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Remain Largely Unknown

Only 13% of Americans have a favorable view of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii Democrat who announced earlier this month that she’s running in the 2020 presidential election. Meanwhile, 74% of voters either have no opinion or have not heard of her. Among Democrats, 15% have a favorable opinion of her while 12% voice a negative view.

That’s according to a new national survey by that looks at seven more Democrats who have either started the formal process of launching a 2020 campaign or are reportedly close to doing so. In addition to Gabbard, that list includes New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, California Congressman Adam Schiff, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Nobody on that list is recognized by more than 44% of all voters nationwide. Earlier, we released ratings on 11 better-known candidates.

Among Democratic voters, Schiff and de Blasio are each known by 42%. Schiff earns positive reviews from 29%, de Blasio from 27%.

Brown earns favorable reviews from 24% of Democrats and unfavorable assessments from 10%. McCauliffe’s numbers are similar (21% positive, 10% negative) as are Carcetti’s (20% positive, 11% negative). Hickenlooper is the least well known–17% have a favorable opinion of him while 8% hold an unfavorable view.

See full crosstab results for all seven candidates.

While focusing on the fortunes of the nearly 20 potential Democratic presidential candidates can be amusing, Scott Rasmussen says political observers will get a better idea about which candidates have the best chances to win by spending more time following issues like the economy, health care, and immigration. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 15-16, 2018 by 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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