Democratic voters remain undecided about Biden or Sanders

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Seniors embrace steadiness; Millennials advocate activism
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders (White House/US Congress photos)
By Glenn Townes
Glenn.townes@njurbannews.com

Despite recent victories in key state primaries, many Democrats and Independents remain undecided about whether Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders should or and Bernie Sanders should be the Democratic nominee for president, according to recent poll from a Washington DC based nonprofit women's leadership organization and strategic consulting and polling firm.

The grassroots group—All In Together and a national strategic consulting firm, GBAO, jointly released a report just prior to the Super Tuesday primaries, that showed about one-third (36%) of Democratic primary voters have chosen a candidate they are steadfast and exuberant about—leaving a whopping 63% of Democrats undecided or unenthusiastic about their choices. However, liberal, younger Democrats and African American voters are more likely to be decided and excited about their choice of candidate. Other findings in the polls include an overall perception the Democratic Party is viewed more positively than the Republican Party by a majority of voters about a variety of issues---including the economy, employment, racial and social issues. Non-white Democrats are more likely to take political action before November, such as volunteering for a candidate than white Democrats. One commonality between most respondents is the sentiment that both parties as equally divisive. To that end, African American voters continue to remain at the core of the Democratic base, with African American women remaining as the most reliable Democratic constituency---a fact former presidential hopeful Kamala Harris echoed throughout her campaign. Last week, Harris announced her endorsement of Joe Biden—a move many political pundits suggest will inspire other women of color to follow.

Lauren Leader, CEO of All In Together said information from data obtained in polls clearly defines trends and nuances in the Democratic nominating process. “Our polls show how the enthusiasm, activism, and motivation of younger, more liberal and diverse Democrats plays out.” She added the moderate wing of the Democratic party, “doesn't have the same enthusiasm or focus.” Leader suggests, similar to other national statistics and polls, that younger millennials—particularly those of color—tend to embrace ideologies advocated by Sanders. However, if Sanders does not get the nomination, would a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket be a viable and surefire pathway to the White House?  Leader concludes, This primary process and the data in our polls shows how powerful voters become when they get off the sidelines and work to advance candidates they believe in.”

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