Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to see strong polling numbers, with the latest data coming from Florida. The Tel Opinion Research organization is reporting its latest results (released 5/8; 800 FL likely Democratic primary voters) that show Mr. Biden pulling away from his Democratic opponents on an open-ended ballot test poll. An open-ended ballot test is one where the respondent is not given the candidates’ names. That approach tests for committed strength.
According to Tel Opinion, Mr. Biden leads Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 39-16%, with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) each pulling only 5% support. South Bend (IN) Mayor Pete Buttigieg follows at 3% preference. All of the candidates scored well on the favorability index scale. Mr. Biden is viewed positively in an 81:13% ratio, where Sen. Sanders’ score is 68:23%.
The respondents broke about evenly regarding whether nominating a candidate with their values is more important than selecting someone perceived to be President Trump’s strongest opponent. Half the sample, 50%, responded that the Democratic Party should choose the strongest Trump opponent, while 48% said the eventual nominee’s values are more pertinent. The Florida primary is scheduled for March 17, 2020, along with Arizona and Illinois.
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