November 20, 2019
A new poll from South Carolina shows openly gay South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg isn’t doing so well with black voters.
New South Carolina Quinnipiac poll (Counts for the December debate)
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In fact, 0 percent plan to vote for him in the 2020 Democratic primary, a statistic that’s remained unchanged since the 37-year-old launched his presidential campaign in April, despite a lot of campaigning in The Palmetto State.
Overall, the Quinnipiac University Poll found 33 percent of Democratic primary voters in South Carolina support former vice president Joe Biden, while 13 percent support Senator Elizabeth Warren and 11 percent support Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.
Others with results that eclipsed the 4 percent included Buttigieg at 6 percent, billionaire Tom Steyer at 5 percent, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 4 percent.
But it was the responses by race that exposed serious problems for some candidates, primarily Buttigieg.
“Among white voters, Biden has 22 percent, while Warren receives 17 percent, with Sanders and Buttigieg each at 11 percent. Biden has a huge lead among black voters as he wins 44 percent,” the pollster reports. “Sanders gets 10 percent, Warren has 8 percent, and Buttigieg receives less than one percent among black voters.”
The breakdown of the chart depicting answers to “If the Democratic primary were being held today … for whom would you vote?” no black voters named Buttigieg, the only one of the top six candidates without any support from black voters.
Later in the survey, voters were asked: “Is your opinion of Pete Buttigieg favorable, unfavorable or haven’t you heard enough about him?”
Sixty percent of black voters said they haven’t heard enough about him, while 22 percent gave a favorable opinion and 16 percent offered an unfavorable opinion, Quinnipiac reports.
Every other demographic asked the same question reported significantly higher favorability for Buttigieg, who enjoyed 58 percent support from college graduates, as well as 53 percent of the very liberal and 51 percent of whites who view the mayor favorably.
“Unlike tight races in Iowa and New Hampshire, South Carolina has a clear frontrunner in the Democratic primary. Former vice president Joe Biden has borad based appeal, with particularly strong leads among black and moderate/conservative voters,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow said.
“Where South Carolina is similar to other early states: choices are not set in stone. Roughly 4 in 10 of likely Democratic primary voters say their minds are made up,” she said.
Roughly 20 percent of black Democrat primary voters in South Carolina told the news site they weren’t sure who they’d vote for.
Buttigieg’s struggles with black voters is the impetus behind his “Douglas Plan for Black America,” a comprehensive plan to address racial inequalities. The Buttigieg campaign rolled out the plan with the purported support of 400 South Carolinians, including numerous black leaders who claim they never supported or endorsed the plan, or Buttigieg.
The plan also faced criticism for using stock art of a Kenyan woman with her child, rather than actual Americans.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:47 am