Sanders Tops Democrats' List of Most Liked 2020 Candidates: Gallup

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Party's most liked 2020 presidential candidate, according to a new Gallup survey released Friday.

Out of 10 candidates ranked in the poll, Gallup found that Democrats had the most favorable opinion of Sanders, with 72 percent of respondents indicating a favorable view of the senator. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been leading every national poll of the 2020 roster, earned the second-highest favorable rating from Democrats, at 69 percent.

The eight other candidates measured in the survey clocked in with a rating below 60 percent, though Gallup notes that this is due to their lack of name recognition and not any particular antipathy towards them. Candidates like Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker all received "no opinion" ratings of around 30 percent or more, suggesting that a smaller public profile could be depressing potential enthusiasm for their candidacy.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had the highest unfavorable rating, at 30 percent, of the 10 candidates measured. The rest of the field confined their unfavorable ratings to below 20 percent.

The poll was conducted in the aftermath of the first Democratic primary debates at the end of June. Harris and Warren were widely seen as having boosted their profiles among the viewing public after a pair of breakout performances.

Gallup wrote that, as it has periodically measured Democrats' favorability ratings over the course of 2019, "the only notable change has been a decline in Biden's favorable score," a pattern observed "among Democrats as well as U.S. adults overall."

In April, Biden earned a 74-percent favorability rating from Democratic voters, which was down from February when it was at 80 percent. Among all U.S. adults, Biden is now viewed favorably by fewer than 50 percent of the public "for the first time since he served as Barack Obama's vice president, when he was routinely below that level," according to Gallup.

At 45 percent, President Donald Trump's favorability rating among the general public headed into 2020 is on par with leading Democrats, whose overall ratings sit just below that score. Although, unique to Trump is a majority unfavorable rating among all U.S. adults, at 52 percent, around 10 points higher than the leading Democratic contenders.

"Biden remains among the best-liked candidates for Democrats and Democratic leaners, but friction between him and some of the other Democratic candidates may explain why his rating among Democrats has dipped since February," Gallup found. "Meanwhile, a mounting war of words between Biden and Trump may be what's eroding Republicans' views of him. Biden's continued front-runner status in most horse-race polls may also be making him more of a target for members of both parties who are supporting other candidates for president."

Bernie Sanders On The Campaing Trail In Marshalltown, Iowa
U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attends the 4th of July parade on July 4, 2019 in Pella, Iowa. Joshua Lott/Getty