A new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Democratic voters would rather support a candidate who would have a better chance of beating President Donald Trump than someone with whom they agree with ideologically.
According to the survey, 60% of respondents say they want a candidate who can beat Trump, while 36% of voters say they want a candidate who they agree with on the issues and policy proposals.
“Six in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents would prefer to see the party nominate the candidate with the best chance of beating President Donald Trump, even if that person does not share their views on key issues.”
The poll also found that 67% of liberal Democrats said they would prefer a candidate they believe can beat Trump, while 57% of moderate Democrats said the same.
Gallup noted the findings from Tuesday’s poll mark a shift from voters’ attitudes in recent elections.
“In December 2003, as Democratic candidates were assembling for the chance to deny George W. Bush a second term, 50% of Democrats and Democratic leaners said they would rather have a nominee who agrees with them on the issues; 44% were focused on someone who could defeat Bush. A month later, Democrats’ priorities had switched, but even then, a smaller majority than in 2019 — 55% — opted for electability.”
In 2011, 53% of Republicans said they wanted a candidate who could beat former President Barack Obama, while 43% of voters said they wanted a candidate who shared their views on the issues.
When asked who they believed stood the best chance against Trump, respondents overwhelmingly picked former Vice President Joe Biden, with 51% of respondents saying he would be the most electable candidate.
A majority of respondents said they wanted a more moderate candidate. 50% of respondents said they want a moderate candidate, 33% said they want a more liberal one, and 17% said they want a conservative candidate.
Gallup’s poll comes just days after Obama warned Democrats that most voters don’t think “we have to completely tear down the system and remake it” and urged them against pursuing a far-left agenda.