Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders are among the prominent Democrats who are touted as major contenders for their party’s nomination for the presidency in 2020. However, a great majority of Democrats believe that what is needed is new blood. A survey by Rasmussen Reports, for example, found that 73 percent of Likely Democratic Voters believe their party should look for new faces for the 2020 race. Of those polled, 16 percent disagree and thus prefer familiar faces from races past.
In other evidence of discontent among Democrats, California Democrats chose to endorse left-of-center Kevin de Leon over incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein in this year’s primary. Other examples of discontent include the New York primary win by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- a member of the Democratic Socialists -- who defeated veteran Rep. Joe Crowley. Continued calls by some Democrats to abolish the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has also sowed division in the party.
The Rasmussen poll showed that most Democrats are not content to allow Hillary Clinton to run again. Clinton was a shoo-in for the 2016 party nomination, and only 36 percent of Democrats polled were calling for a new face in that election. However, an unusually high 21 percent were undecided. Among all likely voters, 65 percent say Democrats should find a new face for 2020, while only 19 percent believe the party nomination should go to someone who has run for the White House before. Sixteen percent remain unsure.
As for Clinton, 58 percent now believe she has been bad for the Democratic Party, while only 22 percent think she has been good for Democrats; 12 percent say she has had no impact on the party.
According to Rasmussen, 72 percent of black voters want to see a new face, as compared to 65 percent of whites and 60 percent of other minority voters. Among voters who believe Clinton has been good for Democrats, 62 percent believe the party needs to nominate a fresh face in 2020. Sixty-seven percent of those who think she’s been bad for the party agree. Rasmussen said that only 40 percent of all voters believe the country would be better off today if Clinton had been elected instead of Trump. And 63 percent of unaffiliated voters believe Clinton has been bad for Democrats.