Sen. Kamala Harris has surged into third place among Democratic voters who were asked to pick their favorite person for the party’s nomination next year, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday.
The top two in the survey continue to be former Vice President Joe Biden at 33 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders in second place at 15 percent.
But Harris, who announced she would run for president earlier this month, has jumped from 3 percent in the previous poll to 10 percent, leapfrogging former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Elizabeth, who are both at 6 percent.
Other results of the poll include:
- Fifty-seven percent of Democrats would be more likely to support a candidate who backs Medicare for all, in which all Americans receive their health insurance from the government, a plan touted by Harris. Only 22 percent would be less likely to support a candidate who would prefer Medicare for all, over preserving and improving the existing system under the Affordable Care Act.
- Harris has increased her name recognition during the past month, with the percentage of Democrats who said they don’t know enough about her to form an opinion dropping from 53 percent to 43 percent.
- On immigration, 31 percent of Democratic voters said they would be more likely to back a candidate who supported more immigrants coming to the country, while the same percentage were less likely. However, 46 percent would be less likely to support a candidate who took “a hard line on immigration” while only 20 percent would be more likely to do so.
The poll, conducted between Jan. 25-27, surveyed 685 self-identified Democratic voters and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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