The latest monthly tracking poll for California’s March 2020 Democratic primary election shows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren increasing her share of the vote, for the first time pushing former Vice President Joe Biden down to third place among likely voters.
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This survey again shows there are a set of leading candidates, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and California Sen. Kamala Harris earning double-digit support, followed by a pack of 10 or more in single or sub-single digits.
Beyond the horse race, we find additional signs of strength for Warren, Sanders, Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, in follow-up questions about second choices, who voters would like to learn more about and who they would support if “electability” were not a concern.
The top three in each of these show strength beyond the topline snapshot:
Interested in Learning More
If Electability Wasn’t a Concern
Unlike prior surveys, this monthly edition was weighted, providing results for the Sept. 1-13 survey among voters likely to vote in the March primary election, according to Political Data Inc. The answers to key polling questions and the demographics of the survey can be found here.
The unweighted data, with tools for deeper analysis, can be found in this infographic.
This can tell additional stories from this survey and its relationship to polling over the past six months.
As an example, one can look more closely at the polling just in that portion of the likely primary voters who said they supported Sanders in 2016. Among this population we can see Sanders still leading, but he has consistently been under 50%, and Elizabeth Warren has leaped out of the pack to get right on his heels over the past 120 days.
At the same time, tracking the Latino vote over these six months should provide concern to the Warren campaign and embolden Sanders supporters.
Looking at the monthly tracking we can see that among Latinos it is a two-candidate race between Sanders and Biden. This is also seen in the weighted results with Warren running 17-points behind Sanders, and third overall, among this key, and growing, California demographic.
The voter universe surveyed in this poll are predominantly Democratic (77%) with a smaller share of primary qualified independent and minor party voters who are eligible to vote in the March contest (23%). Regionally, the poll is 54% Southern California voters, 31% Bay Area and other Northern California, and 15% Central Valley. Nearly half (46%) of the survey was comprised of voters over the age of 55, and the majority of the survey was white (55%) with Latinos comprising 26% of the electorate, and African Americans and Asians at 8% and 7%, respectively.
Respondents were emailed surveys based on voter file email addresses provided by Political Data Inc, utilizing PDI’s emailing tools and Survey Monkey polling instrument, with a match-back to the voter file utilizing the PDI unique voter ID. Respondents were allowed to take the survey only once, and no surveys were conducted outside of the target population.
Ed’s Note: John Howard is the editor of Capitol Weekly.