Just 28% Want Presidential Candidate With Policy Positions in the Political Mainstream

Other things being equal, 28% of voters nationwide would prefer a presidential candidate whose main policy positions are in the political mainstream. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that a larger number–43%– would prefer someone whose views  are out of the mainstream. Twenty-eight percent (28%) are not sure.

This is but the latest evidence voters see a strong disconnect between what is happening in the political world and what is happening in the rest of the country.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of Democrats prefer a candidate with mainstream political views. So do 26% of Republicans and 23% of Independents (see crosstab results). Voters aged 35-64 are less interested in a mainstream candidate that younger voters or senior citizens.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters nationwide believe former Vice President Joe Biden’s main policy positions are in the political mainstream. Data released earlier showed 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.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 7-8, 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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