Democrats’ Ratings of Party’s 2020 Field: Better Than in 2016, Similar to 2008

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With a large slate of candidates to choose from and the first primary votes still more than six months off, Democratic voters express relatively high levels of satisfaction with the Democratic presidential candidates as a group.

The election also is attracting more attention and interest than past elections did at similar points in the cycle, with about half of voters saying they have given a lot of thought about the presidential candidates – higher than at this point in the 2008, 2012 or 2016 elections.

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And among the general public, a record share says they have been closely following news about the 2020 candidates – more so than in any of the previous eight election cycles.

Today, roughly two-thirds of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters (65%) say they have an excellent (23%) or good (42%) impression of the Democratic presidential candidates as a group. By comparison, in September 2015, only about half of Democratic voters (51%) said the same.

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The current positive evaluations of the 2020 field are roughly on par with levels expressed at a similar point in the 2008 election cycle, when 64% of Democratic voters said they had a positive impression of the field.

The new Pew Research Center survey of 1,502 U.S adults, including 1,245 registered voters, conducted July 10-15 also finds there are gender, age, educational and ideological differences in Democratic impressions of the party’s field.

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Among Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters, about seven-in-ten women (71%) say they have an excellent or good impression of the Democratic candidates as a group, while a smaller share of men (55%) say the same.

There are only modest differences in these views among Democratic voters by age, with those ages 65 and older offering slightly more positive evaluations than younger Democratic voters.

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Democrats with a college degree offer more positive assessments of the field than those...
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