Voters Overwhelmingly Prefer Joe Biden for Democratic Nominee, Poll Finds
By Laura E. Adkins
May 8, 2019
Jewish voters overwhelmingly favor former Vice President
Joe Biden over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont as the 2020 Democratic
presidential nominee, a new poll finds.
In the survey conducted by Morning Consult, 47.1 percent of
Jewish registered voters planning to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus cite
Biden as their first choice, while 11.1 percent favor Sanders, who is Jewish.
The next three choices: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of
Massachusetts, at 8.9 percent; Sen. Kamala Harris of California, 8.2 percent;
and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, 7.3 percent.
Pollsters interviewed 15,770 registered voters who are
planning to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus, 581 of whom identified as
Jewish, between April 29 and May 5. The margin of error is 1 percentage point.
Biden, first elected senator in 1972, has
cultivated close ties with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and
appeared to weather the pro-Israel community’s tensions with the Obama
administration over the Iran nuclear deal and other disagreements.
Sanders, an independent and self-described “democratic socialist,” has
defended Israel from attacks by the left but is also frequently critical of its
current right-wing government.