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Poll: Californians Prefer Joe Biden or Kamala Harris for President

February 06, 2019 - 12:04 pm

A new Quinnipiac University Poll out this morning finds former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris are creating about equal amounts of excitement among Democratic voters.

The poll finds 60 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters would be excited if Biden became the nominee, while 58 percent would be excited if Harris became the nominee.

California voters overall are divided on whether Harris would make a good president, with 40 percent saying she would, while 38 percent saying she would not.

Not surprisingly, voters in the Bay Area — where Harris was born, raised and first assumed public office — say 59 to 29 percent that she would make a good president. Southern California voters, however, say 44 to 32 percent she would not.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement that Biden and Harris are "neck-and-neck and everyone else an afterthought" this early into the Democratic presidential race.

"But while Sen. Harris gets the nod for generating excitement among California Democrats," Malloy said, "the total pool of voters is noticeably ambivalent about whether she has what it takes to be a good president."

Poll respondents approve 53 to 32 percent of the job Harris is doing as a U.S. Senator. 

The poll, which surveyed 912 California voters from Jan. 20 to Feb. 4 with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, also found the varying level of excitement for others who have declared their cadidacy:

  • 44 percent for Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
  • 44 percent for former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
  • 40 percent for former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who ran against Ted Cruz in the midterm elections.
  • 21 percent for New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Pollsters also questioned California voters about non-presidential topics, from border security to climate change. Overall, 78 percent of California voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about climate change and voters are equally split on either being satisfied or dissatisfied at how things are going in California.

But Golden State voters oppose 64 - 32 percent building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Californians back up what American voters have been saying emphatically for two years about the border wall: Forget it. We don't want it,” Malloy said.

As for newly-seated Gavin Newsom, he gets a 39 - 28 percent approval, with 33 percent undecided.

Written by Brian Krans.