Polling and Campaign Report – 4/9/19

A new Politico/Morning Consult survey finds Joe Biden still atop the list of presidential candidates with the support of 32% of voters who say they intend to participate in a Democratic primary or caucus next year.

He is 9 points ahead of the next closest candidate: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), at 23%.

Politico: Biden’s support stays solid in early states.

“Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in 2020, raised more than $1.1 million in itemized contributions during the first three months of the year. But less than 1 percent of that money came from her home state,” Roll Call reports.

Just 13 Maine residents gave Collins more than $200 in contributions.

Matthew Rowland, a University of Iowa student, to the Iowa City Press-Citizen: “I was in the bathroom, minding my own business and I was washing my hands. And this guy asked me how it was going, and I said good, ‘How’s it going. Are you here to see Beto?’”

Beto O’Rourke looked up at him with a grin and said, “That’s me.”

Tim Miller: “In a convergence of the tribalistic crazy that has infected our politics, the former vice president has managed to find himself a target of hungry, outraged opportunists across the spectrum who have had just about enough of his hair sniffing. Defenders of an unapologetic serial sexual assaulter, and the pussy-grabber-in-chief himself, spent last week gleefully pretending that they thought Biden was the real creep.”

“And certain socialist-curious Democrats were quick to call the Cancel Cops, obviously hoping that the fallout would knock Biden off his perch atop the Democratic primary polls.”

“But here’s the thing about these critics, left and right: Vanishingly few of them seem to sincerely believe that Biden’s enthusiastic shoulder rubbing would inhibit him from being a successful president.”

A new Pew survey found 56 percent of Americans agree that Trump has made race relations worse, while 28 percent believe he’s made progress toward improving race relations or has tried but failed to make progress. In contrast, the majority of Americans — 64 percent — told Pew that former President Barack Obama made progress toward improving race relations or tried but failed to make progress, while just 25 percent said Obama made race relations worse.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans agreed that it has become more common since Trump was elected for people to express racist or racially insensitive views. And a plurality of Americans — 45 percent — say racist or racially insensitive views have become more acceptable since Trump’s election.

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