Poll: Most Democrats excited about having 'someone new' run in 2020

Most Democratic voters said they are most excited about having "someone new" run in 2020 when presented with a list of potential presidential contenders in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll.

Fifty-nine percent of voters surveyed, nearly six in 10, said they would be "excited" about a potential candidate that is "someone new." Eleven percent said they wouldn't prefer a new face.

Someone new received more support than any of the potential candidates listed. 

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The second most popular option was former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D), who has consistently led polls of potential presidential candidates in the past few months. Fifty-three percent of voters surveyed for the USA Today/Suffolk University poll said they feel excited about Biden running, while 24 percent said he shouldn't run. 

"The 'someone new' versus Joe Biden finding illustrates the generational divide within the Democratic Party dating back to Walter Mondale versus Gary Hart in 1984," David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk Political Research Center, told USA Today. "Mondale won the nomination only to lose to the incumbent Republican president, Ronald Reagan."

"The test is which candidate can build on their core 'excitement' and not lose the voters of other Democrats who fall by the wayside," Paleologos added.

USA Today noted that polls this far out from presidential races typically ride on name recognition. 

Thirty percent of those surveyed expressed excitement for Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeJimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' 2020 Democrats do convention Zoom call MORE (D-Texas), who lost his Senate bid in November and has since been the subject of presidential speculation. Thirteen percent said O'Rourke shouldn't win the nomination.

Thirty-five percent of those surveyed said they had never heard of O'Rourke. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice First presidential debate to cover coronavirus, Supreme Court Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE (D-Calif.), another potential contender, had 29 percent support while 19 percent said she should stay out of the race. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-N.J.) fared similarly, with 28 percent of those polled expressing excitement and 19 percent saying he should not run. 

Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed said they are "excited" about Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHarris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda Judd Gregg: The Kamala threat — the Californiaization of America GOP set to release controversial Biden report MORE (D-Mass.) while 33 percent said she shouldn't launch a bid.

Seventy percent of voters in the poll said former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Senate GOP sees early Supreme Court vote as political booster shot Poll: 51 percent of voters want to abolish the electoral college MORE shouldn't run again, while 13 percent said they would be "excited" if she did. 

The poll surveyed 689 Democratic and independent voters between Dec. 11-16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.