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Poll: Bloomberg Is Most Disliked in Democratic Field

But he still leads Trump by 6 points
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2019 2:18 AM CST
In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference at a gun control advocacy event in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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(Newser) – Voters have reacted to the possibility of Michael Bloomberg running for president with a resounding "meh," according to the latest Morning Consult poll. The poll, which was conducted Friday and released Sunday, found that the former New York City mayor has the highest unfavorable rating among likely primary voters of any Democratic hopeful, Politico reports. Some 25% view Bloomberg unfavorably, according to the poll, and he is the first choice of just 4% of likely voters, which puts him in sixth place, behind Kamala Harris but ahead of Andrew Yang. The poll found that Joe Biden is the current frontrunner, with 31% support, followed by Bernie Sanders at 20%, Elizabeth Warren at 18%, Pete Buttigieg at 8%, and Harris at 6%.

But the poll also found that Bloomberg is 6 points ahead of President Trump in a hypothetical general election matchup, with 43% choosing Bloomberg, 37% choosing Trump, and the rest undecided, CNBC reports. Biden, Sanders, and Warren were 4, 5, and 6 points ahead of Trump, respectively. Analysts say a Bloomberg run might hurt Biden and help Sanders and Warren by drawing centrist voters away from the frontrunner. If Bloomberg does enter the race, he is expected to concentrate on Super Tuesday states instead of the handful that vote earlier, although that isn't a strategy that paid off for fellow former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008. (Here's what Trump had to say about the possibility of a Bloomberg run.)

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