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POLL: One-Third of Democrats Say Biden Not Progressive Enough, Out-of-Touch

The Democrats’ frontrunner (who’s not officially running yet) has some work to do winning over the party’s far-left base.

By NTK Staff | 04.03.2019 @10:11am
POLL: One-Third of Democrats Say Biden Not Progressive Enough, Out-of-Touch

A Morning Consult/Politico poll reveals former Vice President Joe Biden will have his work cut out for him should he decide to jump into the Democratic presidential primary.

While Biden still leads every national poll and most state-specific polls, a significant contingent of the Democratic Party is not on board with the 76-year-old. This is the hill Biden will have to climb to win the nomination next year:

More than three in 10 Democrats (31 percent) said they agree that the 76-year-old is out of touch with the challenges that younger Americans face today, compared to 52 percent who disagree. And a third of Democrats (33 percent) agree that Biden is not progressive enough to make the changes Democrats need, compared to 48 percent who disagree.

The poll was conducted over the weekend of March 29 – April 1, which just happened to coincide with news that the former vice president had inappropriately touched a Democratic politician at a Nevada rally in 2014.

The positive news for Biden is that 73 percent of Democrats said Biden’s decades of political experience are a good thing. And 59 percent said he could keep the Democratic Party from lurching too far to the left, a growing concern given the rhetoric of the 2020 primary so far.

“I do think that his support is very wide but not very deep,” one Democrat told Morning Consult. “I think that there is a possibility that he enters and goes strong and he runs away with it, but I think the most important thing we’re seeing with these allegations is there is a lot of willingness in the party to cut him loose very quickly.”

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