A new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll was conducted to determine which possible contenders for the 2020 presidential Democratic nomination were viewed favorably by Democrats. The survey asked about 19 what it called “possible contenders to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.” The list surprisingly didn’t include 2016 runner-up Bernie Sanders.
Morning Consult/Politico Poll to determine most popular 19 Democratic prospects… didn't include Bernie Sanders. This can't be an accident. pic.twitter.com/SoA5nJymUG
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Bernie Sanders didn’t deny the possibility of running again in 2020 but called such questions “too early to talk about.” According to Politico, Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s 2016 campaign manager stated that “the door is wide open.”
Polls have shown that Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the United States. Sanders polls higher than Joe Biden and is viewed favorably by 80 percent of Democrats. However, news organizations have reported that Joe Biden is the top Democratic favorite as a result of this survey.
Morning Consult included many names which it recognizes are “unknown by Democratic voters nationwide,” such as Disney CEO Bob Iger or Starbucks Executive Howard Schultz. The list also didn’t include Martin O’Malley or any of the other Democratic candidates from the 2016 presidential election.
It’s unclear at this point if the exclusion of Bernie Sanders was intentional. Morning Consult, which states that it is “committed to keeping the country’s leaders informed,” has not responded to our request for comment.