May 21, 2019

Polls: De Blasio ranks at the bottom of the Dems, independent voters overlook Trump

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A new Quinnipiac University poll puts New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the the least favorable among 2020 Democratic candidates while a majority of independent voters said they won't be voting for President Trump in 2020.

By the numbers: De Blasio is polling at 45% unfavorability, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who is polling at 48% unfavorability. Meanwhile, 54% of independent voters and 10% of Republicans said they will not be voting for Trump.

Favorability results for 2020 Democratic candidates:

  • Joe Biden: 49%
  • Bernie Sanders: 41%
  • Elizabeth Warren: 32%
  • Kamala Harris: 27%
  • Beto O'Rourke: 20%
  • Cory Booker: 23%
  • Pete Buttigieg: 23%
  • Bill de Blasio: 8%
  • Other candidates didn't poll enough to reach a conclusion.

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