Sanders holds highest favorability rating among 2020 Democrats

Qunnipiac poll released Tuesday shows Bernie Sanders with the highest favorability rating among Democratic candidates for president.

The poll of more than 17,000 likely voters was conducted between December 23 and 29.

Sanders topped the field when it came to favorability, with 74 percent of respondents saying they held a favorable view of the Vermont Senator. Just 18 percent said they had an unfavorable view.

The only other candidate to come close to Sanders’ favorability rating was Joe Biden, with 72 percent. However, 21 percent of respondents said they held an unfavorable view of the former vice president, leaving him with 51 percent net favorability rating, compared to Sanders’ 56 percent.

Businessman Michael Bloomberg and Congresswoman Tulsi Gubbard held the highest unfavorability ratings in the field, with 27 and 29 percent respectively. Just 21 percent said they held a favorable view of Gabbard, with 42 percent for Bloomberg.

The poll also showed Sanders tied in first place for name recognition with Joe Biden, with just 1 percent of respondents saying they had not heard of either candidate. The next closest candidate on this metric was Elizabeth Warren, with 6 percent saying they had not heard of her.

The least known candidate in the field was Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts. 46 percent of respondents said they had not heard of him before. Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennet and John Delaney were among the lesser known candidates.

The poll also asked likely voters which candidates they would choose as a second option. 27 percent of respondents who said they support Biden said they would support Sanders as their second choice, with 21 percent responding for Warren.

Sanders was also the most popular second choice for Warren supporters, with 32 percent saying they would support the Vermont Senator next.

Among Sanders supporters, 31 percent listed Warren as their second choice, 29 percent for Biden and 9 percent for Andrew Yang.