Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, an anti-Wall Street liberal on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, is the “clear choice” as Joe Biden’s pick for vice president, according to a new survey.
Men, women, and all age groups favor Warren over Sen. Kamala Harris and others, said the Economist/YouGov poll. Of Democratic primary voters, 27% want Warren, who dropped out of the primaries March 5 after a string of defeats.
The survey analysis said, "One woman emerges as a clear choice: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren draws the most spontaneous mentions when Democratic voters are asked to volunteer a choice for vice president, and she is also at the top of the list when Democratic voters are asked to choose among the four women most frequently mentioned as vice-presidential candidates and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders."
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Consider the latest polls, however. According to Axios, a new survey in the key swing states of Michigan and Wisconsin, commissioned by Donors of Color Action, found Warren to be “the overall candidate to beat” among potential vice presidential nominees, with “the most consistent support among white and black voters in both states.” She even outpolled Harris among black voters.
Meanwhile, a YouGov/Economist nationwide poll of Democratic voters found “one woman emerges as a clear choice: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren,” who “leads in every age group, and with both men and women.” She also happens to be the sixth most popular Democrat in the United States — you’re fifth! — and the most popular woman in the party.
Come November, and especially against Donald Trump and his #MAGA cult, you’re going to need an enthused and energetic Democratic base behind you. Yet despite your impressive primary victories, only in one in four of your own supporters say they are “very” enthusiastic about your candidacy. Your campaign rallies were, let’s be honest, pitiful affairs, while Warren pulled in overflow crowds of cheering fans and selfie-takers. “Warren has mastered the art of drawing thousands to her rallies,” noted the Associated Press last September.
Warren has charm, people skills, a common touch. Working-class white men may be your biggest fans; college-educated white women are hers. And the misogyny she’s had to endure so far may not be a problem in the general election. “Like most women,” your former White House colleague Jennifer Palmieri pointed out in the Boston Globe last week, “she could be even more effective when she’s campaigning for someone else, other than herself — then voters don’t get uneasy about all that ambition she has.”
She’s progressive. You spent much of the primary campaign trashing her positions (and Bernie Sanders’s!), but you may need a progressive on your ticket come November. Klobuchar is to the right of you; Abrams isn’t so progressive on some economic issues; and Harris may have a very liberal voting record as a senator but was far from a “progressive prosecutor” in California.
It’s Warren who is your bridge to the left of the party; she offers the ideological balance you need. Yes, need! There was a multiplicity of reasons for why Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. But the number of Sanders-to-Trump voters hurt her; the number of Jill Stein voters hurt her; the number of 2012 Obama voters who stayed home hurt her.