Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Diversity is taking a back seat to Democrats' desire to dump Trump. The 2020 Democratic field is full of women, people of color and millennials, but a majority of likely Democrat voters thought that candidates who were white, middle-aged and male would be the party's best bet for defeating President Trump.
The latest USC Dornsife/LA Times national poll illustrates the hurdles that female, black and Latino presidential candidates still face despite Democrats' celebration of diversity in their ranks and illustrates the wariness -- bordering on pessimism -- that many Dems continue to show in the aftermath of Trump's upset victory in 2016.
Asked to describe the ideal candidate to beat Trump, 2/3 of polled voters said a white candidate had the best chance of winning in 2020; 7 in 10 said a man had the best shot; and about 3/4 said the strongest candidate against Trump would be age 41-65. A small majority favored a moderate over a more liberal or progressive candidate.
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