A new Harvard-Harris poll reveals that most Democrats want the party to move left. More than half of registered Democrats surveyed do not support its current leadership. Almost 70 percent of Democrats between the ages of 18 and 34 support Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, and free public college tuition.
To be specific, when asked, “Do you support or oppose movements within the Democratic Party to take it even further to the left and oppose the current Democratic leaders?”52 percent of Democratic respondents said yes. Of the Democratic voters, female voters (55 percent), Hispanic voters (65 percent), and African-American voters (55 percent) lean more to the left than do whites (46 percent) or men (49 percent).
The poll of 2,159 registered voters reveals other interesting findings: Only 29 percent of people surveyed believe that the country is on the right track. More than double that percentage, 60 percent said they believe that the country is on the wrong track. That said, 44 percent said they believed the economy was on the right track, and only 41 percent said they believed it was on the wrong track.
Almost half of respondents (47 percent) saw health care as the most important issue facing the country, followed by terrorism and national security (37 percent) and the economy and jobs (29 percent). And, relative to 12 other politicians, Bernie Sanders ranked highest. More than half of respondents (53 percent) had a favorable view of Bernie Sanders; 41 percent had a favorable view of Donald Trump.
More than four in ten respondents (42 percent) either strongly or somewhat approved of the job President Trump is doing. Nearly six in ten respondents (58 percent) either strongly or somewhat disapproved of the job President Trump is doing.
And, only 29 percent of respondents, not even three in ten, strongly or somewhat approve of the job the Republican Party is doing. More than seven in ten of them, 71 percent, strongly or somewhat disapprove of the job the Republican Party is doing. The Democratic Party only fares ten points better than the Republican Party, with just 39 percent of respondents strongly approving or somewhat approving of the job it is doing.
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