President Trump has only been in office a few months and already dozens of Democrats are lining up to challenge him in the 2020 presidential election. However, a new poll indicates that many of the potential candidates are unknown names among the vast majority of voters.
Politico and Morning Consult recently conducted a poll between June 8-12, surveying 1,990 registered voters on their views of the 2020 Democratic contenders, and found that over half of the electorate had never heard of the 19 presidential hopefuls, which consists of eight senators, five governors, one congressman, a mayor and a failed Senate candidate.
“All bets are off when it comes to the composition of the 2020 Democratic primary,” said Morning Consult Co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. “This early polling indicates that many of the names being floated in Washington still have a lot of work to do in terms of building national profiles.”
With the Trump presidency still in its infancy, it still allows plenty of time for these now-unknown candidates to hype up their reputations and jock for name recognition.
Of course, other likely candidates to enter the presidential campaign include well-known names such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The poll also revealed that over 75 percent of voters stated they had opinions about both Biden and Warren.
While the poll did not include Martin O’Malley, he eluded earlier this week that he may consider throwing his hat in the ring again, telling CBS News that he “certainly feel[s] compelled to continue to look at” running again.
Out of the senators whose names have been listed as potential candidates, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — the former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer — has name recognition among voters that exceeds 70 percent, according to the poll. Whereas, a third of voters surveyed, 35 percent, claimed they have never heard of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) — a former governor and the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in the 2016 election.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) may be a social-media sensation, but 46 percent of voters said they have never heard of him. And four other senators — Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) —have majorities saying they have never heard of them.
Among the governors, only New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has significant name-ID; just 30 percent of voters said they have never heard of him. But that number is 50 percent or greater for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
Politico also states that similar results were reported for other potential candidates tested in the survey: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger and Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz.
According to the Chief Research Officer, these Democratic candidates could potentially be even less known than what was indicated in the poll. “More than half of respondents say they’ve never heard of many of these potential candidates,” he said. “And, since some respondents may hesitate to admit they don’t know the prospective candidates, overall awareness of the Democratic field may be even lower.”
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