Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who lost a highly publicized and tight race for U.S. Senate against Republican Ted Cruz, is seen favorably by 31% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 24%. But 44% of voters still have not heard of or have no opinion of O’Rourke.
A ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that newly-elected and widely quoted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is also still largely unknown. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters view her favorably compared to 27% who view her unfavorably. But 46% have not heard of or have no opinion of her.
Even among Democrats, O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez have fairly modest levels of name recognition (see crosstab results).
Still, both O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez are better known than the new leader of the House Republicans, Kevin McCarthy.
Not surprisingly, 2016’s top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are better known. Tops among Democrats mentioned in the survey is Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters have at least a somewhat favorable view of Sanders while 38% of respondents have at least a somewhat unfavorable view.
Coming in second in terms of favorability is former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans view her favorably compared to 50% who have an unfavorable view of her. Clinton is the only Democrat mentioned in the survey with greater unfavorable than favorable numbers.
Among Democrats, Clinton is viewed favorably by 79% and unfavorably 18%. For Sanders, positive reactions come from 78% while 11% offer a negative assessment.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, expected to be among the many Democrats seeking the presidential nomination in 2020, is viewed favorably by 38% of voters and unfavorably by 32%. Thirty percent (30%) of voters and 31% of Democrats either have not heard of or have no opinion of her.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted December 13-14, 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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