- More than one-third of voters want Bernie Sanders to drop out of the 2020 race, according to a new poll.
- The only candidate in the poll who Democrats wanted to see drop out more was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with 42% of respondents saying they would prefer he give up on any presidential ambitions.
- But 40% of poll respondents had enthusiasm for Sanders’ candidacy, which is second only to former Vice President Joe Biden, for whom 51% of respondents expressed excitement.
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More than one-third of voters want Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to drop out of the 2020 presidential race, making him one of the highest in that category among the large field of candidates.
The results of the poll as the 2020 primary race heats up could ultimately spell trouble for Sanders, who has carved out a lane as the Democrats’ “democratic-socialist” option to unseat President Donald Trump.
According to a new poll from USA Today and Suffolk University, 35% of respondents said Sanders should drop out, compared with 40% who were excited about his candidacy, 21% with no opinion, and 4% who had never heard of him.
But enthusiasm for Sanders’ candidacy comes in at 40%, second only to former Vice President Joe Biden, for whom 51% of respondents expressed being excited about his campaign.
The only candidate in the poll who Democrats wanted to see drop out more than Sanders was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with 42% of respondents saying they would prefer he give up on any presidential ambitions.
Aside from Sanders and de Blasio, most candidates hovered around the 20% mark in terms of how much voters want them to drop out of the race.
A considerable number of candidates also have very low name recognition, like Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam, who respondents had not even heard of by 61% and 67%, respectively. Both Messam and Moulton failed to qualify for the first round of primary debates.
But the race is still very early, with many candidates looking to court new voters and capitalise on strong debate performances in the coming months. The first Democratic primaries and caucuses are still seven months away.
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