Sanders, Warren Lead Progressives’ Poll

Sanders, Warren Lead Progressives’ Poll


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the top two leaders in a presidential poll taken by a prominent progressive organization of its supporters.

This third presidential preference poll by Democracy for America (DFA) has Sanders remaining in the lead, but shows Warren closing in on the dominate position he’s held in DFA’s first two surveys. It also features Sen. Kamala Harris leapfrogging into third over former vice president Joe Biden, who held on to the fourth place slot he had previously dropped to in April. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who vaulted into third place in DFA’s April poll, has seen the energy behind him fade dropping him to sixth.

Top five results from the DFA poll:

  • Bernie Sanders, 32.2 percent
  • Elizabeth Warren, 25.8 percent
  • Kamala Harris, 11.8 percent
  • Joe Biden, 9.5 percent
  • Andrew Yang, 6.61 percent

The poll, which began immediately following the June 27 Democratic presidential candidates debate through midnight (ET) July 17, is the third DFA has conducted of its membership regarding the 2020 presidential election. DFA’s first 2020 Presidential Pulse Poll was conducted in December 2018 and a second was completed in April 2019.

“The last three months have transformed the 2020 Democratic race for President and these results make it clear that Democracy for America members’ support is solidifying behind three candidates committed to bold, inclusive populism and structural reform,” said Charles Chamberlain, DFA chair.

“Going into the second debate, there’s little doubt that Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have momentum building behind them. As Bernie Sanders continues in his position as the progressive front runner, we’re very interested to see if he uses this debate and the all-important month of August to build up from his robust base of support or cedes ground to the rising challenges of Senators Warren and Harris,” Chamberlain added.

“While a lot will change between today and the first contests next year, after seeing these results, there is no doubt that, in 2020, Democrats are better positioned to nominate an unapologetic champion for progressive values for President than we’ve been in decades,” he said.

Those who responded to the DFA poll were self-selecting and the poll should not be considered as a scientific public opinion poll.

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