Fifty-nine percent of Democratic and Independent voters want someone new to run for president in 2020, according to a USA Today/Suffolk poll released Wednesday.
“Someone entirely new” tops the list of 11 options listed, with former Vice President Joe Biden a close second with 53 percent.
Biden, 76, has not committed to a 2020 run, but earlier this month said he was the most qualified person in the country to be president.
Bernie Sanders, 77, was third on the list, followed by Beto O’Rourke, Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Sanders has repeatedly stated he will run again if he believes he is the best candidate to defeat Trump.
"The 'someone new' versus Joe Biden finding illustrates the generational divide within the Democratic Party dating back to Walter Mondale versus Gary Hart in 1984," David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk Political Research Center, told USAToday. "The test is which candidate can build on their core 'excitement' and not lose the voters of other Democrats who fall by the wayside."
The poll, which surveyed 689 registered voters who are Democrats or Independents, was taken Dec. 11-16, and had a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points.
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