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Friday, April 03, 2020

Joe Biden has emerged as Democrats' top choice in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, but with only bare majority support within his party and a massive enthusiasm gap in a November matchup against President Trump. In the nomination contest, 51% of leaned Democrats now prefer Biden vs. 42% for Sanders.

Yet even as he's advanced in his party, Biden's slipped against Trump in a November matchup. The two are locked into essentially a dead heat among registered voters, 49-47%, Biden-Trump, after a slight Biden lead, 52-45%, in February.

Indeed, strong enthusiasm for Biden among his supporters " at just 24% " is the lowest on record for a Democratic presidential candidate in 20 years of ABC/Post polls. More than twice as many of Trump's supporters are highly enthusiastic about supporting him, 53%. However, Biden makes up some of the difference with those who are "somewhat" enthusiastic. But he still trails Trump by 12 points in the combined measure, 74 vs. 86%.

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Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who prefer Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the nomination, 15% say they'd back Trump over Biden in the fall.

There's dj vu in these results: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found herself in largely the same position four years ago. She, too, had a slim lead among Democrats for the nomination and ran essentially evenly with Trump among registered voters. And she lagged in enthusiasm, with a low of 32% very enthusiastic in September 2016. Biden is 8 points under that mark now.

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This underscores why Democrats need to come together early on Vice President Biden, otherwise we face the same result as in 2016.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-04-03 04:16 PM | Reply

This underscores why Democrats need to come together early on Vice President Biden, otherwise we face the same result as in 2016.
#1 | POSTED BY LEFTCOASTLAWYER

He's the next in line candidate. We have been facing the same result as 2016 ever since it was clear Biden would be the Dem candidate. With Biden, Trump's reelection is inevitable and has been since Super Tuesday.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-03 04:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Biden is a dead fish.

Given the choice to vote for Hillary or Biden.

I'd choose Hillary, and she lost to Trump.

Better figure something out before 2024.

If there are public elections in 2024.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-04-03 04:24 PM | Reply

Biden will lose. Bernie 2020. I'm not voting for Biden. He's a bum. Why does the DNC constantly pick tired old losers that nobody but corporations want? They don't represent my interests much at all. Almost as little as Trump does. Maybe that's why the repubs keep winning even though they're even worse than the pablum the Dems keep shoving down our throats.
If it's gonna be corporatism it might as well be the real thing with no pretence.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-04 09:00 AM | Reply

"Why does the DNC constantly pick tired old losers that nobody but corporations want?"

Largely because Biden got more votes than the other candidates.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-04 09:10 AM | Reply

Dems are stupid and deserve to lose. They keep letting fear guide them. The repubs have the initiative.They are driven by greed and desire to dominate, this always wins over fear. Dems react to their fears about the repubs. The repubs act, they suck,but they do have a more compelling case with the electorate because they call the tune.

#6 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-04 09:19 AM | Reply

Biden is the safe choice. HIs problem is he doesn't generate excitement.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-04-04 10:23 AM | Reply

Now how is that safe? If he can't beat Trump as a milquetoast safe choice where does that leave us?
Maybe we should try someone not "safe" like the repugs did. They did win after all.

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-04 10:33 AM | Reply

Excitement is what generates turnout. It's what gets people who are otherwise uninvolved in the political process to come out and participate, because they've heard enough buzz and gotten on board.

Nobody is going to be "abuzz" about Joe Biden. Democrats who were already going to vote for any Democrat will go out and vote for him, and that's it. I put Trump's chances of beating him at better than 50%.

#9 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-04 10:39 AM | Reply

Biden is the safe choice. HIs problem is he doesn't generate excitement.

Is anybody paying attention to what's going on right now? Excitement? Millions of people are already sentenced to die all over the world for months on end, and people actually think the usual political dynamics are still relevant during these societal altering times?

Wake up! There aren't going to be any more rallies, there will be no conventions. People are not going to be gathering in large numbers before the election (unless a miraculous vaccine emerges) while coronavirus bounces back and forth around the globe for the foreseeable future.

Americans aren't looking for excitement, they're looking for competence and a steady, knowing, experienced hand at the wheel to take over from the egotistical maniac current careening wildly out of control, in over his head and ignorantly reacting instead of intelligently proacting to mitigate the damage of this crisis.

Joe Biden will not name Hunter to do anything in his White House but visit occasionally and perhaps stay overnight. What experience does Jared Kushner have that qualifies him to be a part of the US federal government's official response team for this pandemic? What qualifies Jared for even being in the White House based on his expertise and background?

Biden is doing fine. America is not looking for a cheerleader, hype man, nor a new cult leader to replace Trump. We will find Joe's steady demeanor and ability to surround himself with competent, experienced and dedicated staff and advisors to assist him in pulling this nation from the sinkhole of Trump's maladministration is going to look like a godsend by the time November rolls around.

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-04 10:58 AM | Reply

If you say so, I'm dubious to say the least. Biden is senile, he won't be the one running anything. He will be a front man for unelected interests that nobody will even know who they are. His hand is not steady, it's trembling and incompetent without others to lead him.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-04 11:06 AM | Reply

#10 I've noticed that you are woefully ignorant on Biden. There was zero enthusiasm for him before COVID hit, so please don't use that as an excuse.

He is Hillary part 2. And the ending doesn't change in the sequel.

#12 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-04 11:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There was zero enthusiasm for him before COVID hit,

Bears repeating and it's why you earned a NW flag from me.

Although I like Biden, I recognize that he has an enthusiasm problem.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-04-04 11:31 AM | Reply

Weighing the enthusiasm Trump has generated at his rallies with the incompetence he has delivered in office, I'm willing to "settle" for less enthusiasm on the campaign trail and more competence in governing. Nor do I think I'm alone in this preference.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-04 12:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#12 and 14-

Both NW, you frame the conundrum facing the DNC in that while Biden is a safer choice and probably the better Executive, he is generating zero excitement with the base, which is a big problem.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-04-04 12:45 PM | Reply

I'm willing to "settle" for less enthusiasm on the campaign trail and more competence in governing.

Well obviously i'd settle for that too. The problem is if that lack of enthusiasm results in a loss.

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2020-04-04 01:29 PM | Reply

Could it be that Biden is being forced down our throat similar to how the DNC tried to force Hillary into office? The Democrat party is a plague barge and should be burned along with the GOP.

#17 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-04-05 07:48 AM | Reply

REDLIGHT

"Could it be that Biden is being forced down our throat similar to how the DNC tried to force Hillary into office? "

I doubt if that's anyone's top priority at the moment. We're too busy worrying about the Psyco-in-Chief killing us off.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-05 08:06 AM | Reply

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