Just over half of Democrats are supporting former Vice President Joe Biden as their party’s 2020 presidential nominee, though the vast majority still expect he will be chosen as the final candidate to compete against President Donald Trump in the November election.
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey found that only 54% of “Likely Democratic Voters” now want Biden as the Democrats’ 2020 nominee, while 28% think the party should find someone else to replace him, and another 18% are undecided.
However, 92% of Democrats think it’s likely Biden will be the Democratic presidential nominee later this year, with 77% saying it’s Very Likely.
Because of the numerous primaries delayed or modified due to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic, most Democrats said in early April that an open convention in which delegates are not bound by primary outcomes is likely. But 90% still thought Biden was the likely nominee.
Responding to a question if Democrats should find someone other than Biden to be their nominee, 36% of all likely voters agree, while 45% disagree and 19% are undecided. But 82% think Biden is the likely nominee, with 63% who say it’s Very Likely.
The survey, conducted from May 10 to May 11, shows that 44% of the voters under 40, the bloc most supportive of Biden’s chief opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, think Democrats should find another nominee. Older voters are more supportive of Biden, although sizable numbers are undecided.
Blacks favor Biden’s nomination more than whites and other minority voters do. Liberals are also happier with Biden as the nominee than moderates and conservatives are.
Another survey conducted in April found that 60% of voters said they were excited by a Trump-Biden matchup in November. By comparison, just 41% were excited by a choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton in March 2016.
The latest survey comes after Tara Reade—a former staffer in Biden’s senate office—has accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1993, but the presumptive Democratic nominee denied the claim.
The Democratic voters in early April were evenly divided when asked whether Biden or New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has earned positive reviews for his response to the coronavirus, would make a better challenger against President Trump in November.