Democrats obsessed with finding a candidate able to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny is part of the obstruction of justice, it is a task that falls to Congress Obama condemns the attacks in Sri Lanka as being "an attack on humanity". Schiff deciphers Conway's "alternative facts display" on election interference in Russia MORE show willingness to give up their favorite candidates for the one who, in their opinion, is the most eligible.
This is an important trend that will leave many Democratic personalities touting their strengths in potential general elections – and could be particularly useful for a candidate such as former Vice President Biden, who should place eligibility at the center of his election campaign when he enters the race next week.
A February survey by the University of Monmouth found that 56% of respondents preferred to be eligible for a candidate, while 33% said they preferred a candidate who meets their beliefs.
A Quinnipiac poll released late last month also showed that age, race and gender "take a back seat" in terms of eligibility.
The Election Factor is "motivated by this intense dislike for Trump," said Celinda Lake, the famous Democratic pollster who investigated change among voters.
The results could also explain why three white men run the democratic race, which has been disconcerting for some Democrats who think and want their party to be represented by a candidate who is a woman, a minority or both.
Tim Malloy, deputy director of the Quinnipiac investigation, concluded that voters "were thirsty for a candidate to face President Donald Trump" and that this explained how Senator Biden Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Wage growth should be a key factor for Trump Booker in 2020, who wanted it. He wanted to hit him: "Blacks like us, we do not get out of it" (I-Vt.) And former representative Beto O'Rourke (Texas) dominated the poll.
Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegCory Booker Has a Problem in 2020: Kamala Harris 2020 Dems Increases Anti-Business Talks to Attract Unions 2020 Democrats Commemorate Twentieth Anniversary of Columbine Fuse PlusMayor of South Bend, Ind., also jumped in polls. A survey conducted by Emerson last week showed Buttigieg in third place behind Biden and Sanders.
The eligibility factor has led the idea, for some, that a man is the only one to defeat a candidate like Trump, especially after the Democratic candidate. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton: Part of the obstruction of justice proves intent, it's a job for Congress Nadler: I do not understand why Mueller did not accuse Donald Trump Jr., others at the Trump Tower meeting Kellyanne Conway: Mueller did not need to use the word "exoneration". in the PLUS report did not manage to do it in 2016.
"Eligibility seems to be the main concern of the Democrats, so even though many who tout white candidates have no problem voting for a woman, they fear that their friends and neighbors may have such hesitations," he said. Katherine Jellison, Professor of History. at the University of Ohio and a researcher in women's studies. "In these circumstances, they see a white candidate as the best choice to defeat Donald Trump."
A Democratic strategist, who has worked for a variety of candidates, including Clinton, calls it a double standard.
"Although great progress has been made over the past 15 years, women running for president are still considered boring and boring or too dark and emotional," said the strategist. "They are portrayed as dilettantes who do not understand politics or nerds who can not connect with voters.
"Many parts of the country still adhere to gender stereotypes about women in leadership positions – and therefore claim that female candidates are less likely to be elected," added the strategist.
A number of Democratic primary candidates from this cycle are looking for historical firsts.
Half a dozen women run for president, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker is a supporter who wanted to hit him with Trump: "Black people like us, we do not get by with" Tulsi Gabbard raises funds to 4/20: "That's Calls "the federal government considers that marijuana is illegal MORE (D-Calif.), Who would be the first black woman and the first Indian woman to become president.
Buttigieg would be the first gay president. Sanders would be the first Jewish president.
What is not clear is whether such historical firsts will be important to voters.
"It seemed that during the last two primaries, Democratic voters were asked to choose an aspect of the story that they wanted to be," said Basil Smikle, Democratic strategist and former executive director of the Democratic Party of the state of New York, which observed lag in the current cycle.
Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as "an attack on humanity" Trump blames Romney for criticism of Mueller Bush's former aide: Mueller's report gives Obama an air "utterly bad" became the first black president with his election in 2008, and Clinton sought to become the first woman elected to the presidency in 2016.
While eligibility is what Democrats say they want the most, Patrick Murray, founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said voters were in no hurry to decide which candidate could be.
"The real test will be as the field will be defeated", when voters will start losing their favorite candidates, "he explained." For the moment, very few voters feel obliged to do so. this choice."
Lake said that the eligibility factor had "many dimensions" that are still being refined.
"What people are really trying to understand is if you replicate Donald Trump's style or if you answer him? Do you go with a stranger or with traditional political leadership and a firm hand, "she said
However, if Democratic voters really take into account the strength perceived in general elections in their main decision-making process, it could be of great benefit to a candidate like Biden.
"His advantage is that he is grounded in the experience, that he was Vice President of Obama and that he seduced the voters," she said, adding that Biden would not need to remind the electorate what he was bringing. "Voters will have it in the minds."