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Voters question the value of so many Democrats running for the White House: poll

November 30, 2018

The number of Democrats interested in a run for the White House in 2020 is unprecedented, and the cast of characters includes well-known lawmakers, brash newcomers and at least one former vice president.

Plenty of Americans, however, don’t see the point.

“Voters question the value of so many Democrats seeking the White House. Some analysts have estimated that up to 40 prominent Democrats will enter the race for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Even Democratic voters aren’t thrilled by that prospect,” said a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday.

It finds that just 26 percent of all likely U.S. voters think that a presidential race pre-loaded with so many hopefuls is beneficial for the Democratic Party. Another 34 percent predict that the potential crowd of presidential hopefuls actually will be bad for the party,

That crowd includes former vice president Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren; and more recently, Michael Bloomberg, Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York who at 28 isn’t even old enough to seek the office.

Some voters don’t seem to mind the crowded field. The poll also found that 26 percent of the respondents say it will have no impact good or bad on the party, while 13 percent are not sure.

The prospects remain a favorite guessing game among analysts.

“At least three dozen Democrats have floated possible bids to take on President Trump in 2020 more than double the crowded field of 17 Republican candidates who fought in 2016 for the chance to succeed then-President Obama,” wrote Fox News political reporter Brooke Singman, who notes that the roster of hopefuls emerged even before the midterm elections had been resolved.

The Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. voters was conducted Nov. 28-29.

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