Iowans largely chose familiar names in a new poll of potential 2020 Democratic presidential favorites.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took the lead among the prospective candidates, according to the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll results released Saturday.
Thirty-two percent of respondents favored Biden as their first choice for president. Sanders snagged the second spot, with 19 percent choosing him as their top pick.
The Des Moines Register noted that 49 percent — just under half — of those polled believe the person seeking to challenge President Trump should be a «seasoned political hand» rather than a newcomer. Thirty-six percent have the opposite view and would prefer a fresh face as the Democratic nominee — and Iowans favor Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke in that role.
O’Rourke landed the third spot in the rundown, with 11 percent responding that he’d be their first choice. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren followed with 8 percent support. None of the other potential nominees — including 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton — received more than 5 percent support.
«This is obviously a warm welcome to some people who are really familiar to caucusgoers in the state,» J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., the polling firm that gathered the data, told the Des Moines Register. «But there’s also some welcoming of newcomers who are only now starting to come to the state and get to know the people who could shape their future.»
Pollers targeted 455 likely Democratic voters Dec. 10-13, asking them their top choice to win the party’s nomination. The results published have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.