RALEIGH – If you subjected yourself to the
Socialist Party Democratic debate last night, then you’re well aware of the radical leap Left that has been embraced by most of the leading candidates. “Free” healthcare, “free college”, “free” daycare, “free” climate change mitigation, and a complementary pair of free chains seems to be the platform of each candidate in one form or another. Still, one of these candidates will ultimately be selected as the Democratic nominee. How do Democrats score their presidential hopefuls?
In North Carolina, at least, Joe Biden still leads the pack by a healthy margin. A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows Joe Biden with the most support, at 31 percent. While it could be construed as encouraging that more Democrats in the Old North State picked the relatively moderate establishment candidate versus the plethora of radical socialist kooks, the second and third place finishers destroy sort of destroy that silver lining. Biden’s support has been slipping in North Carolina since the last polling, and now the combined support of U.S. Senate comrades Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren stands at 33 percent, at 18 and 15 percent respectively.
“PPP’s newest North Carolina poll finds that Joe Biden continues to have a strong lead for the Democratic primary in the state. He’s at 31% to 18% for Bernie Sanders and 15% for Elizabeth Warren. Michael Bloomberg at 8%, Pete Buttigieg at 6%, Andrew Yang at 5%, and Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer each at 3% round out the field.
Although he continues to be well ahead, Biden is down 8 points from his 39% standing the last time PPP polled the state in October. This seems likely due to Bloomberg’s relatively strong support and their pulling from similar bases. Warren is also on the decline, from 22% on the last poll to 15% on this one. Sanders has tripled his support from 6% on the last poll to 18% on this one although it should be noted that the previous poll was done right after his heart attack, and he had a period of a couple weeks following that event where his poll numbers were unusually low before making a quick recovery after he returned for the October debate.
Biden’s advantage is largely driven by overwhelming support from African American voters. He gets 47% with them to 16% for Sanders and 14% for Warren with no one else in double digits. Biden also has a commanding lead with seniors, getting 44% with them to 14% for Bloomberg with everyone else in single digits. Sanders has a strong advantage with younger voters, getting 39% with them to 19% for Warren, 14% for Biden, and 10% for Yang. […]”
Still, as long as the unabashed socialist vote is being split among Bernie, Warren (and the rest of them), Biden retains the biggest structural and name ID advantage here in North Carolina.
The poll also surveyed Democrats on US Senate candidates running to challenge the most unpopular senator in the country in Thom Tillis. Even though 60 percent of voters were completely undecided or unaware of the candidates, former state lawmaker Cal Cunningham leads the field by double digits, being the only candidate with more than 20 percent name ID.
It all won’t be settled for us until March, so in the interim the Democrats will be making their Trump-hating socialism pitches across the First in Freedom state. Oh, joy.
Read the PPP poll here.