Democrats' satisfaction with 2020 candidates among highest in decades: Gallup

Democrats' satisfaction with 2020 candidates among highest in decades: Gallup
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Three-quarters of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are pleased with the selection of the party's candidates in the 2020 presidential contest, which is among the highest levels of satisfaction measured in decades, according to a survey released Wednesday. 

The Gallup poll found that 75 percent of respondents said they were pleased with the large list of contenders while 21 percent said they wished someone outside the field was running for the nomination.


The poll found that 85 percent of those who identified as ideologically liberal said they were satisfied with the field, while 71 percent who identified as moderate and 54 percent of conservative Democrats and leaners said the same. 

By contrast, in April of 2016, when former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Biden leads Trump by 12 points among Catholic voters: poll The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden goes on offense MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee Trump campaign plays up Biden's skills ahead of Cleveland debate: 'He's actually quite good' Young voters backing Biden by 2:1 margin: poll MORE (I-Vt.) were running for the Democratic nomination, 55 percent said they were happy with the selection while 42 percent said they wished someone else was running. 

The survey also found that 72 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents were pleased by their choices for the party's 2020 nomination, which is almost sure to be President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE.

Seventy-four percent of conservative Republicans and leaners and 64 percent of moderate Republicans were satisfied with the choices and too few self-identified liberal Republicans participated in the poll to evaluate their opinion.

Overall satisfaction with Trump among Republicans is slightly lower than Democratic satisfaction with then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTwitter investigating automated image previews over apparent algorithmic bias Donald Trump delivers promise for less interventions in foreign policy Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump's SCOTUS nominee MORE in 2012

A Gallup poll from May 2012 found that 80 percent of Democrats were satisfied with Obama for reelection.

Researchers surveyed 1,119 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents and 1,057 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents from Sept. 16 to 30. Their responses have a margin of error 4 percentage points. 

More than a dozen people are running for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Among leading candidates are former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenJudd Gregg: The Kamala threat — the Californiaization of America GOP set to release controversial Biden report Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? MORE (D-Mass.) and Sanders. 

Trump has three challengers in the Republican presidential primary and has consistently held a significant lead over his challengers in polling.

--This report was updated at 1:54 p.m.