More People in New York City Like Trump Than Bill de Blasio

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2019

New York City mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio is viewed favorably by fewer New York state voters than President Donald Trump, a new poll shows.

The Vermont senator Bernie Sanders was second with 16%, ahead of MA senator Elizabeth Warren with 15% and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, with 14%.

"We're starting to see the people who are planning to caucus start to solidify", J. Ann Selzer, president of the polling firm Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, told the Des Moines Register. Bernie Sanders with 16 percent, Massachusetts Sen. "We are where we are because normal broke", he said, in what was seen as a dig at the former vice president. That said, the massive population of NY city often more than makes up for that, which consistently has NY defined as a deep blue state in which Democratic presidential candidates can comfortably rely upon. The nearest candidate behind Biden, Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg is California Senator Kamala Harris, who only has 7 percent of support from Iowa voters.

Many of those attending have been traveling to Iowa for months and are hoping for a strong showing of supporters outside the convention center in Cedar Rapids, such as Sens. Biden now supports federal funding for abortion services after opposing it for decades.

The poll said Mr Biden showed a sign of potential weakness, with only 29 percent of those who listed him as their first choice saying they were "extremely enthusiastic". The importance of Iowa in picking presidential nominees has been debated in previous election cycles, but this go-round the state is shaping up to be ground zero for both the big shots and the long shots in the crowded 2020 Democratic contest. The two states also will help kill off many campaigns.

Support drops off quickly for the other 18 candidates, with Amy Klobuchar and Beto O'Rourke barely holding on at 2 percent. 'This time we've got a whole lot of candidates, and I don't think anybody is going to reach 50 per cent'.

Iowa and New Hampshire, whose primary is February 11, will anoint true-blue front-runners early next year when they go to the polls, filling winning candidates' coffers with cash from bandwagon-jumping donors.

Among Democrats, Biden has unmatched global and legislative experience, and he is among the best-known faces in USA politics.

"We will not defeat Donald Trump unless we bring excitement and energy into this campaign", Sanders said.

"There's always been a question mark as to how many can get any real traction", Ms Selzer said.

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