Likely Voters Think 2020 Democrat Candidates Are Too Liberal

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by William Mahoney, Ph.D.  •  •  June 28, 2019   

First two Democrat debates reveal a race to the far left

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MIAMI ( - A recent report shows that only 25% of likely voters think the Democrat presidential candidates' political positions are in line with their own. 

Fifty-four percent think the Democrat candidates are more liberal than they are, while only 13% think the candidates are less liberal. 

Forty-eight percent think the agenda of most of the Democrat candidates can be described as extreme, while 36% think the agenda can be described as mainstream. Sixteen percent are undecided.

Twenty of the Democrat candidates confirmed their extremely far-left positions on topics ranging from socialized health care to immigration in the recent Democrat debates. 

All the Democrat candidates are pro-abortion; some stated extreme positions on the matter during the debates.

All the Democrat candidates are pro-abortion; some stated extreme positions on the matter during the debates.

"Second of all, let me make a — let me make a promise here," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said. "My litmus test is I will never appoint any, nominate any justice to the Supreme Court unless that justice is 100% clear he or she will defend Roe v. Wade."

Sanders also talked about his plan for Medicare in which abortions would be taxpayer funded.

"We will pass — well, first of all, let me tell you this. It didn't come up here, but let's face this, 'Medicare for All' guarantees every woman in this country the right to have an abortion if she wants it," said Sanders.

During the first debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stated her agenda to enshrine abortion in federal law.

"It's not enough for us to expect the courts to protect us," she said, "We now have an America where most people support Roe v. Wade. We need to make that a federal law."

Also during the first debate, Julián Castro said, "I don't believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice."


All the candidates want some version of universal health care coverage; however, not all of them agree on a single-payer system or want to eliminate private health care altogether.

"I'm with Bernie on Medicare for All," said Warren.

Biden's goal is similar, but his plan is different.

"The quickest, fastest way to do it [provide universal health care coverage] is build on Obamacare, to build on what we did," he said.

During the second debate, the candidates were told, "Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants." All 10 candidates raised their hands.

Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants.

Many of the candidates decried President Donald Trump and criticized his policies; direct criticisms and calls for impeachment were more prevalent during the second debate. 

"Look, Donald Trump has put us in a horrible situation. We do have enormous income inequality," Biden said.

Asked about how Democrats would pay for their big social plans, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) answered with her own question designed to criticize Trump's tax bill.

"I hear that question, but where was that question when the Republicans and Donald Trump passed a tax bill that benefits the top 1% and the biggest corporations in this country contributing?" she asked. 

"The president literally went on TV, on Fox, and said that people's heads would spin when they see how much he would bring down pharmaceutical prices," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). 

"Instead, 2,500 drugs have gone up in double-digits since he came into office. Instead, he gave $100 billion in giveaways to the pharma companies," she added. 

In a criticism similar to that of Pope Francis' ― who implied Trump was not a Christian in 2016 for wanting to secure the southern border of the United States ― Peter Buttigieg said, "And for a party [Republican] that associates itself with Christianity, to say that it is OK to suggest that God would smile on the division of families at the hands of federal agents, that God would condone putting children in cages, has lost all claim to ever use religious language again."

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