Trump Derangement Syndrome is real. In fact, it’s so real that Democrats don’t even seem to care what a candidate supports, so long as they have the best chance at defeating Trump, they’ll throw their support behind them.
A recent Monmouth Poll of New Hampshire sniffed out who Democrats are supporting and why. The results found that unless some kind of miracle happens for the numerous candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, it looks like former VP Joe Biden is going to easily walk away with the nomination.
According to a New Hampshire Monmouth Poll, a poll that helps decide which Democrat candidate will take the debate stage, Biden is now up to 36 percent favorability, leaving behind everyone in the dust. This includes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who is coming in at 18 percent.
According to Monmouth, everyone else falls far further away from the top of the mountain where Biden resides:
In a field of 24 announced and potential candidates, Biden holds a clear lead with 36% support of registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters who are likely to participate in the February 2020 primary. He is followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 18%. Other contenders include South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (9%), Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (8%), and California Sen. Kamala Harris (6%). Registering at least 1% in the poll are former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (2%), Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (2%), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (2%), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (1%), Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (1%), and entrepreneur Andrew Yang (1%). The remaining 13 candidates earn less than 1% or were not chosen by any respondents in the poll.
Here’s where it gets interesting.
Democrats were asked whether electability is more important or issues, and the majority of Biden voters cared more about the fact that he could beat Trump more than what was coming out of his mouth:
Biden garners somewhat more support among voters who prioritize beating Trump (39%) than he does among those who are looking for issue alignment in their nominee (32%).
Sanders voters, on the other hand, care more about the issues Sanders is bringing up than his electability.
Sanders, on the other hand, does much better with “issue” voters (33%) than “electability” voters (13%). Harris does slightly better with electability voters (8%) than issue voters (4%). There are no significant differences in support for other candidates between these two types of voters.