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Report: Many Undecided Democratic Voters Care About Electability, Not Ideology

Report: Many Undecided Democratic Voters Care About Electability, Not Ideology

However, voters in battleground states prefer a moderate candidate.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that many of the undecided voters in early primary states look more towards the electability of candidates instead of ideology:

Sarah Zbornik thinks Pete Buttigieg is authentic and inspiring. But Elizabeth Warren has the “let’s go get ’em” attitude that she thinks the country might need.

Ms. Zbornik, a 47-year-old a teacher and real-estate agent in Decorah, Iowa, plans to participate in her state’s leadoff Democratic nominating contest Feb. 3. She is torn between the South Bend, Ind., mayor and the Massachusetts senator—two candidates who in recent weeks have stressed their differences in ideology and vision for the country.

Like Ms. Zbornik, many undecided Democrats in states with early nominating contests say those differences aren’t driving their decision-making. In interviews, dozens of undecided voters named candidates who fall on opposite ends of the 2020 Democratic spectrum as their top choices.

Chris Henning, the chair of the Democratic Party in Green County, IA, agreed with the assessment. She believes people “want the change and hope, and somebody who can take on Trump and win” due to conversations with undecided Democrats. They want “to be fired up about somebody.”

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News polls in September and October showed a lot of the respondents first- and second-choice candidates did not match up ideologically.

When asked about health care, the majority of the undecided Democrats explained “that as long as candidates at least support a public option, as all the top candidates do, they could back them.”

However, while the early primary states are important, it’s the Electoral College that matters.

A New York Times/Siena College poll found that Democrats in battleground states prefer a moderate candidate. These states include Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin:

A majority of those surveyed said they wanted a Democratic nominee who is more moderate than most Democrats, and they overwhelmingly preferred one who would bridge the partisan divide in Washington.

The party’s voters are more evenly split on the scale of change they are seeking from their nominee: 49 percent said they preferred a candidate who would return politics in Washington to normal, while 45 percent hope for one who will bring fundamental change to American society.

A poll from NYT/Siena College two weeks ago showed that Trump barely trails Biden in those states, but fares better than Warren.


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Both parties lie to get elected.

Democrats lie by promising they AREN’T going to act like crazy liberals, then act like crazy liberals when elected.

Republicans lie by promising they ARE going to act like conservatives, then act like slightly less crazy liberals when elected.

    Amen. Are there *any* nutty Leftist plans from the Green New Deal to Medicare for All that *any* of the Democrat candidates would veto if it managed to get rammed through the House and Senate?

    Easy answer: No. Trillions of taxpayer dollars shoveled into their little minion pockets.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to georgfelis. | November 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Think about what Mary said in the title.

      Very sad that basically Democrat Party members believe:

      “Any thing – no matter how evil – justifies winning!”

      RE: “Report: Many Undecided Democratic Voters Care About Electability, Not Ideology”

Moderate communist, how quaint

We need to have a major undertaking of getting the Amish to the polls this election

Didn’t mean to down vote you
I meant to hit reply

Trump didn’t lie, he’s the only one, but he’s really a true independent, he used the Republican organization for his own, it was really the only way to do it, very smart smart man

The impression I’m getting is that Democratic voters (or at least those polled for this article) don’t care as much about policy as about choosing a candidate who can defeat Trump. They understand that Bernie is too far out there, and that ‘Lizabeth (if I am spelling her Indian name correctly) may be too, as well as the fact she does a great imitation of Hillary’s unlikeablity. Poor old Joe, well, let’s be kind to a failing old fool and not list all his faults as a candidate. So, Pete Buttigieg seems appealing simply because they think he’s not crazy, What does he stand for? They don’t even care.

If you want to know how voters in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and LA think, go read an Ayn Rand novel.

caseoftheblues | November 11, 2019 at 6:45 pm

So Democrat voters don’t care that the politicians they will vote for are promising to destroy the United States in every possible way up to and including mass death of its citizens if they manage to enact the Green Deal and all the other garbage they spew…..and they don’t care. No wonder Democrat/Socialist/Fascist politicians are crazy…they are just mirroring their base

I consider this a sign of desperation. If Satan were “electable,” they’d support him.

Crank – I agree. When you see this kind of activist focus on electability that means none of them really are.

Lucifer Morningstar | November 12, 2019 at 10:09 am

Wow, That’s amazing. Democrats are beginning to realize what I’ve been saying for the last several months. That they’ve got to get an electable candidate for the 2020 presidential elections. One that can actually beat Pres. Trump. And that doesn’t necessarily mean the most ideologically pure democrat at this point. But never fear, the democratic leadership will chose the most un-electable candidate possible as they’ve never learned their lessons properly or at all from the 2016 presidential election debacle.

buckeyeminuteman | November 12, 2019 at 1:03 pm

I would not trust a Democrat’s definition of “normal”. To them, that is the Obama error. The most corrupt and dysfunctional time in America’s history.

Exactly. They’ll vote for anyone with a “D” after the name.