Momentum appears to have shifted considerably since the start of the campaign to select the next Democratic presidential nominee, with Sen. Bernie Sanders viewed as the “most electable” option by Dem-leaning voters in a potential matchup against President Donald Trump.
According to a Morning Consult poll, 29 percent of Americans who plan to vote in the Democratic primaries think Sanders stands the best chance to beat Trump in November. Former Vice President Joe Biden previously held that distinction in a separate poll earlier this month, when the same number of Democratic voters said he had the best shot.
But now, Biden’s chances have slipped in the eyes of voters, with only 17 percent saying he’s the candidate who would be most likely to defeat Trump. Biden’s position in the polling question is presently third place, with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg just behind Sanders with 25 percent of voters saying he’s got the best chance.
Also look at how subjective “electability” is and really should be revisited as a confounding factor for who people subjectively assess is the front runner… pic.twitter.com/Cy4CAt6qiK
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in fourth place in that category, with 8 percent, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren receives 5 percent of voters saying she’s the best candidate to take on Trump.
In terms of who Democratic-leaning voters nationwide support to win the nomination, Sanders again takes top billing, with 29 percent saying he’s their first pick. Biden comes in a distant second-place, with 19 percent saying they back him, and 18 percent say they want Bloomberg to be the nominee.
The shift in Democratic voters’ preferences is definitely noticeable, including within the Biden campaign itself. As prior reporting from HillReporter.com detailed, Biden’s campaign team, according to one anonymous adviser, is “scared” about how poorly their candidate has performed in nominating contests so far.
In Iowa, Biden came in fourth place overall; in New Hampshire, he finished in fifth place.