Biden Leads Democrats as Minorities Favor Most Electable Candidate Versus Trump: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Mike Blake/Reuters

Joe Biden maintained his lead for the Democratic presidential nomination as minorities gravitated toward the former vice president and his top rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in search of the safest bets for beating President Donald Trump in 2020, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The Aug. 1-5 public opinion poll, released on Wednesday, showed that 22% of Democrats and independents would vote for Biden, a level that is unchanged from a similar poll that ran last month. Another 18% said they supported Sanders, up 2 percentage points from the July poll.

None of 23 other candidates received more than 9% in the poll.

Biden and Sanders offer Democrats sharply contrasting views on how to govern. Sanders leads the effort to expand government-run healthcare for all Americans while Biden offers a more moderate approach that would allow people to keep their existing healthcare plans.

Yet the choice for Democrats may have less to do with ideology and more to do with who is best suited to beat Trump in the November 2020 general election.

According to the poll, 36% of Democrats say they are simply looking for someone who can win. Only 11% say the most important quality is someone with a strong healthcare plan, and 5% say it is most important to pick a strong voice on the environment.

Biden and Sanders are currently viewed as the safest bets for beating Trump among all Democrats. Both improved their standing among minorities over the past month as Trump repeatedly vilified minority lawmakers in a series of tweets and public comments that infuriated Democrats and many others.

In one exchange Trump told four minority lawmakers who have been critical of his administration to “go back” to where they came from.

From July to August, both Biden and Sanders received a stronger level of support from minorities, and minorities also shifted their support away from lesser-known candidates like U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke.

Among racial minorities who identify as Democrats or independents, 23% said they would vote for Biden and 23% said they would support Sanders, which is up 2 points for each candidate from July.

Another 6% said they backed Harris, down 5 points from July, and 2% supported O’Rourke, down 3 points from the previous poll.

When asked who would be most likely to beat Trump in the 2020 general election, 33% of minorities picked Biden and 19% picked Sanders.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,210 adults, including 483 racial minorities. It has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 5 percentage points.

(Reporting by Chris Kahn; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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proudmomoffive
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proudmomoffive

Either of the two would be pummeled by Trump. They will be decimated in the debates. Why would we want to change the tremendous gains we have made in the economy, the pro-life issue, the protection of freedom of speech and religious liberty, for heinous socialism that has brought so much misery every time it has been applied everywhere? Biden is now the punch bag of all the other democrat losers, he has no stamina, no presence, it looks like he is developing dementia, forgetting things, he is a gaff machine, etc. He should go back to the assisted living… Read more »

Cherl
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*James*
Do you get the impression that Phyllis likes “talking dirty”? She bring up the same old saw frequently. At least he wasn’t in the White House when he said it. No proof that he did it. But I digress. Bill Clinton actually did it and was in the White House. It would seem that the Strzok-Page affair may have fit into Phyllis’s diatribe. She obviously does not understand bankruptcy. With a little research she could.

General Confusion
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If the Democrats get confused and nominate a flawed centrist, such as Biden, then King Donald The Loser will likely continue his reign.

James
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>Phyllis Softa<

So hilarious! You mean to tell me that I have NEVER voted for the President of the UNITED STATES in the 62 years I've been voting; BUT (according to you) I have been voting for the President of Florida (PA, TX,CA, NM, AK, AZ, MO and NC – plus Europe and the Far East where I've lived) and for President of ME? WHAT are you smoking?

Phyllis Softa
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WHC, If Biden is “creepy” what do you call the pussy grabber? No one has accused Biden of sexual assault or harassment. Can’t say that about Trump. You folks need to keep in mind that YOU destroyed all the standards of presidential candidates. Since 2016, they can have a long and extensive history of corruption—and not the “conspiracy” ones, but those federal and state government have REPEATEDLY ASSESSED FINES. They can have 24 sexual assault/harassment accusations. They can have a long history of extra-marital affairs. They can have tapes saying lewd and misogynistic comments. They can have at least 4… Read more »

WellHungChad
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If Creepy Joe Biden is the answer, then the question was pretty stupid.

cheetah
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cheetah

Of course they want to keep dems in office. To stupid & lazy to work at being educated &/or work. Easier to pump out babies & get AFDC/foodstamps. Each baby a different dad. They obey when told to spread when he’s horny. Black afro tribes are the same. They claim to be afro instead American, proving by behavior

Cherl
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Michelle Kunert
I agree wholeheartedly with James. I’ve lived a lot of years, supported the Conservative ideals as did my parents. Not once has anyone called me a racist. And sure don’t appreciate being lumped into your perception of what Republicans are.

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