The poll, which surveyed 1,963 registered voters last week, found that Democratic voters largely prefer Harris to other nationally known liberals if Biden decides not to run in 2024. She came out above nine other Democrats listed on the poll, garnering 19% approval from those surveyed.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tied for second with 10% each. Sanders has signaled that he’s open to a 2024 run if Biden steps aside, but a Clinton candidacy seems unlikely given the embarrassing beating she took in the 2016 presidential election. What’s important to note, though, is that no matter how you divide the percentages among the Democrats listed on the poll, no candidate seems likely to muster enough support to beat Harris outright.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar — moderates who could earn support from those who favored Clinton if she doesn’t run — only earned 7% and 3% approval from those surveyed, respectively.
Progressive lawmakers such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez each earned 4%. If they don’t run and all of their supporters voted for Sanders in a primary instead, he still wouldn’t eclipse the support Harris earned from those surveyed in the poll.