Nevada: Booker maintains minimal support among Dem caucus voters

By Emily Bader
United States | Jun 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has maintained minimal support among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Nevada compared to former Vice President Joe Biden, according to the first Monmouth University poll of Silver State Democrats for the 2020 cycle.

In a field of 24 contenders, Biden is in the lead with 36% support among registered Democrats and unafilliated voters who are likely to attend the February 2020 Nevada caucus. He is followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (19%), who has a particularly positive rating in Nevada compared to elsewhere; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (13%); South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (7%); and California Sen. Kamala Harris (6%).

Other candidates who registered at least 1% in the poll include former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (2%), Booker (2%), entrepreneur Andrew Yang (2%), former cabinet secretary Julián Castro (1%), Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (1%), Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (1%), and author Marianne Williamson (1%).  The remaining 12 candidates earned less than 1% or were not selected in the poll.

Biden has maintained strong support (47%) among voters who consider themselves moderate or conservative, compared to those who support Warren (11%), Sanders (9%), Harris (6%) and Buttigieg (4%). However, among very liberal voters, the contest is between Warren (27%) and Sanders (26%), with Biden in third (19%) and Harris and Buttigieg tied at 7%.

Health care (41%), the poll found, is topping the list of concerns for Nevada Democratic voters, followed by environmental concerns (24%) and beating current President Donald Trump (14%). Immigration (19%) and jobs and income equality (25%), the poll found, is more of a factor for choosing a nominee than it is in any other early state.

The poll asked caucusgoers to also rate the candidates.

Biden had the most positive rating at 78% favorable to 13% unfavorable. However, the ratings for Warren (70% to 11%) and Harris (67% to 9%) are comparable. Other known candidates include Sanders (65% to 20%), Booker (61% to 9%), O’Rourke (54% to 16%), Buttigieg (56% to 8%) and Klobuchar (43% to 10%). New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is well-known but had a neg negative rating of 25% favorable to 33% unfavorable.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader