WASHINGTON – A majority of Democrats want the party’s 2020 presidential nominee to be an experienced political insider, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 54 percent of the respondents said they prefer a candidate who is an insider, compared with 29 percent who said they prefer an outsider.
Also, 66 percent said they prefer a candidate who has decades of political experience.
Among the declared candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received the highest insider score. When potential candidates were considered, former Vice President Joe Biden received the highest insider score.
Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (Texas) received middle-of-the-road scores on the insider-outsider scale.
The poll found that 43 percent said they want the nominee to be a woman, and 35 percent said they want the nominee to be a person of color. An equal percentage said they want the nominee to be a woman of color.
Meanwhile, 34 percent said they want the nominee to be under the age of 50.
The sampling included 1,991 registered voters and was carried out Friday through Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Recent polls showed Sanders leading the 16-candidate field. Sanders falls to second place when Biden is considered.