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New Report: Democrats Unified in Strong Opposition to Trump as Nomination Battle Heats Up

January 31, 2020 GMT

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 31, 2020--

As Democratic voters get ready to caucus in Iowa, the nomination fight remains up in the air, with no clear favorite. As the campaign heats up, news media coverage has highlighted tensions within the party and some pundits suggest that hard feelings could result in defections from the eventual nominee, boosting President Trump’s re-election prospects.

But a new study based on two recent opinion surveys indicates that despite some warning signs, Democrats remain remarkably united in their strong disapproval of President Donald Trump. Although notable fractures within the party could threaten its unity, very few Democrats say they will support Trump in November.

In the new Democracy Fund Voter Study Group report, “The Great Wide Open: Democrats Remain Divided on Candidates, United in Opposing Trump,” John Sides, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and Robert Griffin, Research Director of the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, provide a nuanced perspective on Democratic voters’ views on the party’s presidential candidates and President Trump heading into primaries. The study uses data from the December 2019 VOTER Survey (Views of the Electorate Research Survey) and Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape, a large weekly survey of voters that is led by a team of researchers from UCLA in partnership with the Voter Study Group and fielded by Lucid.

Among the report’s key findings:

The State of the Democratic Electorate

Views of President Trump Among All Americans, Obama-Trump Voters

“Some supporters of the leading Democratic candidates may not approve of rival candidates for the nomination, but they dislike President Trump even more,” Griffin said. “Our research indicates that Democratic disapproval of the president could help heal the rifts after the nomination is settled.”

The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group is a research collaboration of leading analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum. The full report can be found on the Voter Study Group website, along with other research from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group.

About Democracy Fund Voter Study Group

The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group is a research collaboration of more than two dozen analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum. Created in the wake of the 2016 election, the Voter Study Group’s goal is to better understand the American electorate. Research and analysis from Voter Study Group members can be found at www.voterstudygroup.org and on Twitter @democracyfund.

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