Democratic voters showed a decided preference for younger candidates in the November midterm elections, but appear willing to give Joe Biden a pass if he runs for president in 2020, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Citing a Nov. 7 survey of battleground congressional-district voters in the 2018 midterms, the Post reported younger and older Democrats were about equally supportive of Biden as the party's 2020 nominee.
Among voters who supported Democratic House candidates, 35 percent of those 18 to 34 said they would like Biden to win the party's 2020 presidential nomination, identical to his 35 percent support among Democrats 65 and older, the survey found, according to the Post.
As in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., got much more support from younger Democrats than seniors — 31 percent versus 5 percent, according to the survey. But he did not match Biden's level of support, even among the youngest voters, the Post noted.
Sanders' strength with younger adults appears to have come more at the expense of potential candidates Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., than from Biden.
Two CNN polls — one last October and the other last March, were mixed on how Biden would do with young voters. The most recent poll showed the former vice president's support weaker among younger Democratic and leaning-Democratic independents. The March survey found large majorities of younger and older Democrats open to supporting Biden.
"[T]he consistency of support for the 76-year-old Biden across age groups shows that the extremely early front-runner has appeal across generations," the Post's Emily Guskin wrote.