With most of the focus on the coronavirus pandemic, even in polling of late, this little gem might get overlooked. Joe Biden pledged weeks ago that he would select a woman as his running mate, in part to defuse anger among progressive activists that the Democratic presidential primaries had come down to two old white men. At the beginning of the cycle, Democrats fully expected to celebrate diversity and a new start with its presidential ticket, but the two candidates who attracted the most votes in the end were Biden and Bernie Sanders, who between them have nearly 80 years of tenure in the Beltway.
Biden made his pledge to boost enthusiasm for his candidacy. However, today’s Politico/Morning Consult poll shows little enthusiasm for Biden’s pledge. In almost every instance, voters seem less interested in identity politics than they do in selecting a running mate based on experience. That’s true among voters in general:
- Woman: 29% important, 49% unimportant, 21% no opinion
- Person of color: 22/53/24
- Younger: 48/34/18
- Religious: 32/48/19