Pollster says Dem voters prefer younger candidates but are backing older ones

Pollster Lee Miringoff told Hill.TV on Monday that even though Democratic voters say they prefer younger presidential candidates, the front-runners are more than 70 years old.

"Democratic voters tell us they want to vote for someone who's under 45 or 50 years old, and the front-runners are all in their 70s," Miringoff, director of the Marist poll, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"How do we reconcile those numbers?" he asked.

Thirty-one percent of likely voters under the age of 30 surveyed by Harvard University's Institute of Politics said they prefer Sanders in a hypothetical primary, according to poll results released earlier this month. Twenty percent of voters from that age group said they preferred Biden.

Younger candidates such as Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place 2020 Dems say they will visit Homestead facility holding migrant children Warren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' MORE (D-Calif.), 54, Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandWarren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' Where 2020 Democrats stand in betting markets ahead of first debate GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.), 52, and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker calls for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement Poll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate MORE (D-N.J.), 50, entered the 2020 race before Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates MORE (I-Vt.), 77, and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Hickenlooper laughs off lack of recognition by security guard at Democratic debate MORE, 76.

President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE is 72 years old.

Biden and Sanders have led most of the polls focusing on the field of 2020 Democratic candidates, with Biden taking a 6-point lead in the first poll released after his announcement last week.

Sanders, who is the oldest candidate in the field, has the biggest lead among younger voters, according to recent polling. 

— Julia Manchester