Washington, D.C. - Ipsos, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, is continuing its analysis of Americans' perceptions of the Democrats who have announced their intention to run for the presidency in 2020. We added several candidates to the list in February, including Tulsi Gabbard, John Hickenlooper, Steve Bullock, Jay Inslee, and Terry McAuliffe. Overall, in the past month, perceptions of the candidates have remained stable, but a few candidates are more well-known than they were earlier in the year.
Among the women running, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is the now the most well-known candidate by an 18-point margin, with 56% of Americans reporting they are familiar with her - a seven-point jump from January (49%). Forty-seven percent of Americans view Warren favorably, which is statistically unchanged since January. Democrats also report an increase in familiarity with Warren - 65% report being very or somewhat familiar with her, up eight points since January. Warren's favorability numbers remain stable among Democrats (73%). California Senator Kamala Harris is known by 38% of Americans and 47% of Democrats, up four and five points respectively since last month. Just over half of Americans (51%) and three-quarters of Democrats (78%) view Harris favorably. Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard is the newest female candidate in the Reuter/Ipsos poll. Just 16% of Americans and 21% of Democrats are familiar with Gabbard, and 45% of Americans and 58% of Democrats view her favorably.
Americans are most familiar with Senator Bernie Sanders (80%) and former Vice President Joe Biden (80%). Biden (62%) and Sanders (57%) also have the strongest favorability numbers among all Americans, however, Sanders numbers have slipped four points since January (61%). Democrats are also most familiar with Biden (86%) and Sanders (86%) and most view them favorably (87% and 85% respectively). Pete Buttigieg is the least well-know of the men running, with just 12% of Americans and 15% of Democrats reporting they are familiar with him. Among those who know him, 42% of Americans and 55% of Democrats view Buttigieg favorably.
About this Study
These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between February 4-10, 2019, February 12-18, 2019 and February 19-25, 2019. For the February 4-10, 2019 survey, 2,291 adults ages 18+ were interviewed online in English. For the February 12-18, 2019, 2019 survey, 3,156 adults ages 18+ were interviewed online in English. For the February 19-25, 2019, 2019 survey, 3,534 adults ages 18+ were interviewed online in English. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, each poll has a credibility interval of between plus or minus 1.9 points and 2.3 points. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.
The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half of one per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. To see more information on this and other Reuters/Ipsos polls, please visit http://polling.reuters.com/.
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