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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Booker at 1% in new Monmouth poll

Senator in five-way tie for eighth place

By Nikita Biryukov, October 02 2019 11:30 am

A Monmouth University Poll released Wednesday found just 1% of voters picked U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as their first choice for the Democratic nod to take on President Donald Trump.

That figure puts Booker in a tie for eighth place with four other candidates.

In August, a Monmouth poll pegged Booker’s support at 4%, but his Real Clear Politics polling average has declined to 1.4% in recent weeks.

Booker’s drop comes as more voters coalesce around the race’s top candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Warren finished first in the Monmouth poll, winning 28% support to Biden’s 25%. Sanders received support from 15% of voters.

“The top-line numbers in Monmouth’s August poll may have differed from other polls at that time, but the underlying trend line we saw then has carried over,” Monmouth poll director Patrick Murray said. “Biden’s drop in the national ‘beauty contest’ is coming mainly from voters in states that hold nominating contests after Super Tuesday.”

A Monmouth poll released in August found Warren and Biden in a statistical dead heat, with the candidates winning 20% and 19% of Democratic voters, respectively.

Since then, the national news cycle has been dominated by Trump’s asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son over the ouster of a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor that once investigated a company whose board Hunter Biden sat on.

There’s no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden, and while Trump’s phone call with Zelensky has spurred an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats, some voters are buying into Trump’s rhetoric on the issue.

A plurality of voters, 43% — including 39% of independent voters — told pollsters that Biden probably pressured Ukrainian officials to not investigate his son, while 37% said he likely did not.

“The fact that 4-in-10 independents are inclined to believe what they have heard from Trump is a warning sign for the Biden campaign,” Murray said. “How the candidate fights back against this charge will be crucial to his argument of electability.”

News of an impeachment inquiry hasn’t done much to move voters on Whether or not Trump ought to be re-elected. Thirty-nine percent of voters said Trump should be re-elected, while 57% said someone else should be president.

The August Monmouth polls reported the same results, though Wednesday’s poll found only 31% of voters in 300 swing counties wanted the president to keep his position.

“Trump’s base is sticking with him, but these results suggest that the president remains particularly weak among voting blocs that were crucial to putting him over the top in 2016,” said Murray.

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