Biden, then Warren, then Sanders in poll of Nevada Dems

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Biden campaigning in Henderson May 7. (Photo: Jeniffer Solis)
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Biden campaigning in Henderson May 7. (Photo: Jeniffer Solis)

According to the the Monmouth University Poll of Nevada Democrats, released Wednesday morning:

  • Joe Biden 36%
  • Elizabeth Warren 19
  • Bernie Sanders 13
  • Pete Buttigieg 7
  • Kamala Harris 6
  • Beto O’Rourke 2
  • Cory Booker 2
  • Andrew Yang 2
  • Julian Castro 1
  • Tulsi Gabbard 1
  • Amy Klobuchar 1
  • Marianne Williamson 1

The remaining other dozen candidates either earned less than 1 percent or were not chosen by anyone at all.

Health care was listed as the top issue by 41 percent of respondents, followed by immigration (19 percent), climate change (17 percent), jobs (17 percent), reproductive rights (15 percent), and beating Trump (14 percent).

The poll did not ask about “electability” specifically. It did however ask voters if they preferred “a Democrat you agree with on most issues but would have a hard time beating Donald Trump,” or “a Democrat you do NOT agree with on most issues but would be a stronger candidate against Donald Trump?”

Sixty -four percent said they prefer a nominee who would be strong against Trump even if they disagree with the nominee on issues. Only 25 percent said they would favor a candidate who they agree with but who might have a hard time beating Trump.

The poll was conducted by phone June 6 through June 11. It polled 370 Nevada Democrats who said they were likely to caucus. The margin of error is +/- 5.1 percent.

The Nevada caucus will be held in February, 2020.

A Quinnipiac University Poll of Democrats nationally that was released Tuesday found Biden at 30 percent, Sanders at 19 percent and Warren with 16 percent. That poll also found Biden leading Trump by 13 points, 53 to 40, and Sanders, Warren, Harris, Buttigieg, and Booker all beating Trump by at least five points.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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