Almost three-quarters of Democratic voters want a “fresh face” for their party’s presidential nominee in 2020, according to a new Rasmussen poll.
Seventy-three percent of likely Democratic voters told the conservative-leaning firm the Democratic Party should promote someone new rather than someone who has run in the past. Only 16 percent disagreed with the need for “fresh faces,” while 11 percent were undecided.
Among all likely voters, 65 percent said Democrats should find someone new for 2020, while 19 percent said the party should get behind someone who has run before.
The poll’s findings come as Democrats speculate over who might challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in two years. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE have all been mentioned as possible contenders, as have with progressive voices such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.).
Almost one-third of registered Democratic voters backed Biden as the party’s 2020 nominee in a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey from June.
The conversation about the future of Democratic Party was reinvigorated last month when 28-year-old democratic socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez won her district’s primary in an upset win over incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), the fourth-ranking House Democrat.
More than 20 House candidates, including Ocasio-Cortez, have stated publicly they would not support established House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) for Speaker, citing the need for fresh leadership.
A 2016 Rasmussen poll, conducted during Clinton’s presidential run, found that 36 percent of Democrats supported a new face at that time, while 21 percent were undecided.
The new poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters from July 11 to 12. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.