Although former Vice President Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, it does not appear everyone in the party will be pleased with that outcome.
A recent Rasmussen poll indicated that just over half of the Democrats polled were “satisfied” with Biden being the nominee, and nearly 3 in 10 expressed a desire for the party to pick someone else, as The Washington Times reported.
Pollsters surveyed 1,000 likely voters between May 10–11 and found, with a 3% margin of error, that just 54% of Democrats fell into the “satisfied” category and another 18% were undecided. The remaining 28% said their party should replace Biden at the top of the 2020 ticket.
The enthusiasm gap
Adding Republican and independent voters into the mix, more than a third believe the Democratic Party needs to find a new nominee and just 45% are satisfied with the choice. Another 19% of respondents remained undecided on the matter, according to Rasmussen.
Despite what appears to be a lack of widespread enthusiasm for his campaign, 92% of Democrats reportedly think Biden will be the nominee — including more than 3 in 4 who believe it is “very likely” he will face off against President Donald Trump this fall.
Those numbers are slightly higher than when a similar question was asked in early April. At that time, many Democrats believed the upcoming convention would be open, meaning no candidate had secured enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination.
Among the electorate at large, more than 8 in 10 respondents said they believe Biden will be the nominee. About 63% said it would “very likely” be the result.
Countdown to Election Day
A separate poll conducted late last month, on the other hand, probably gives the Biden campaign less to celebrate.
Among likely voters in general, 6 in 10 were “excited” about a Trump–Biden match-up, compared to just 41% who were excited about Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016. That increased enthusiasm, however, appears to be largely concentrated on the side of Republicans.
About 3 in 4 likely GOP voters are excited about the expected general-election matchup compared to 57% of Democrats, Rasmussen said. Less than half of independents said they were excited.
Digging below the surface of these polls, some might argue none of the numbers really look good for Biden. As he continues to face sexual assault allegations and complaints that he has become largely invisible amid coronavirus lockdowns, it is uncertain whether his campaign will gain momentum before Election Day.
If current trends continue and Americans start to see an end to the current health and economic crises, however, all signs seem to signal a widening path for Trump’s re-election.