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 HarrisSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Fracking ban could have unintended consequence of boosting coal Poll: Voters back Medicare expansion, keeping private insurance MORE (D-Calif.), 54, Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNew Hampshire feels overlooked in Democratic presidential race Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.), 52, and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE (D-N.J.), 50, entered the 2020 race before Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.), 77, and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' MORE, 76.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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