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U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey campaigns in Iowa over Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Photo courtesy of the Booker campaign.

Booker at 2% in Monmouth Poll

Biden leads Sanders, Warren in 3rd

By David Wildstein, December 10 2019 11:00 am

Cory Booker is at 2% in a national Monmouth University poll, half of where he would need to be to qualify for the December Democratic presidential debate.

Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders, 26%-21%, with Elizabeth Warren in third place with 17%.  A Monmouth poll last month had Biden at 23%, followed by Warren (23%) and Sanders (20%).

Pete Buttigieg is in fourth place with 8% and Michael Bloomberg is at 5%.  They are followed by Amy Klobuchar (4%) and Andrew Yang (3%).

“Bloomberg said he got into this race because he wants to defeat Trump, but his campaign kicks off with even lower ratings than the incumbent,” said Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  “That is not the most auspicious start, but views of Bloomberg are not as deeply held as they are for Trump, so he has room to shift those opinions.”

The poll also puts Donald Trump’s re-elect number at 43%, with 54% saying someone else should be president.

“The impeachment hearings over the past month have not moved the reelection needle in either direction,” said Murray.

Most Americans believe George Washington was a better president than Trump (71%-15%) and Barack Obama (58%-33%), but among Republicans it’s much closer: Washington narrowly leads Trump, 44%-37%.

“There is a combination of factors at work when you ask a question like this. Democrats may be more likely than Republicans to be influenced by recency bias, valuing what they are familiar with over historical opinion,” Murray said. “It’s a fun question to ask, but I’m not sure what it means.”

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