Majority of Democrats emphasize electability in 2020 candidate: poll

Majority of Democrats emphasize electability in 2020 candidate: poll
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A majority of voters who identify as Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they would want the party's nominee to be someone who has the best chance of defeating President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE rather than one who most closely aligns with them on the issues, a new poll has found. 

The Gallup survey released Tuesday found that 60 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners said they would prefer a candidate who has the best chance of beating Trump compared to 38 percent who said they would prefer a candidate who agrees with them on most issues they care about.  

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The survey also found that out of a series of top contenders, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE was perceived as having the best chance to beat the president. 

A total of 51 percent said Biden has the best chance to beat Trump, while 16 percent said Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) has the best chance to beat him. Fifteen percent said the same of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.) and just 3 percent said the same of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE (D) 

The poll also found that half of Democrats and leaners prefer a moderate nominee, while 33 percent prefer a liberal one and 17 percent want a conservative nominee. 

Researchers surveyed 437 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents from Nov. 1-11. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.