Key black legislator’s backing aspects big in Biden’s South Carolina win: poll

Key black legislator’s backing aspects big in Biden’s South Carolina win: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden wager his future as a Democratic governmental contender on South Carolina and its big pool of African-American citizens, and the backing of a leading black congressman vaulted him to victory there on Saturday, according to leave surveys by Edison Research study.

Democratic U.S. governmental candidate and previous Vice President Joe Biden speaks as Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) looks on, at his South Carolina main night rally in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., February 29,2020 REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A bulk of citizens surveyed by Edison said U.S. Agent Jim Clyburn’s endorsement of Biden on Wednesday was an important factor in their choice.

” My buddy Jim Clyburn, you brought me back!” Biden told the No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives prior to attending to fans in Columbia, South Carolina, after coasting to a win in the fourth Democratic nominating contest up until now. The eventual candidate will face Republican President Donald Trump in November’s general election.

Heading into South Carolina, Biden was on the ropes after bad showings in the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the New Hampshire main. A Reuters/Ipsos national poll this week revealed the former vice president – typically viewed as having the best appeal among black citizens – lagging rival U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the first time among that group.

In South Carolina, though, he won 61%of African Americans, who make up over half the Southern state’s Democratic electorate. Just 16%supported Sanders, who came into Saturday’s contest with a lead in convention delegates.

In the Edison survey, 61%said the endorsement from Clyburn, who has represented South Carolina for almost 3 years, was an essential consider their choice, consisting of 27%who said it was “the most important element.”

Edison, which compiles voter polls and live election results for media organizations including ABC News, CBS News, CNN, NBC News and Reuters, discovered that 57%of those casting ballots on Saturday were African American; 40%were white.

Here are other highlights from the survey, which was based on interviews with 2,178 people who voted on Saturday at 35 places around South Carolina. The proportions might alter as more ballot is carried out and votes are tallied:

Eighty-one percent of South Carolina citizens in the Democratic primary said they will vote for the celebration’s candidate despite who it is.

Nineteen percent said they are participating in the Democratic primary for the very first time. About 33%of novice primary voters backed Biden while 26%supported Sanders.

Thirty-seven percent stated they comprised their minds about how to enact the last couple of days before the primary. Amongst those late-deciding voters, 49%stated they backed Biden while 16%supported Sanders.

53%of Democratic main voters want a prospect who “can beat Donald Trump” more than a candidate who concurs with them on major issues.

41%said health care is their top problem, while 21%mention earnings inequality, 16%mention race relations, and 14%cite climate modification.

South Carolina’s Democratic primary citizens were divided over Sanders’ signature problem, Medicare for All, which would replace personal medical insurance with a government-run strategy. Forty-eight percent stated they supported it, while 46%opposed it.

Older African Americans were most likely to support Biden. The previous vice president won 76%of black primary citizens who were at least 60 years old.

More youthful black citizens were mainly split in between Biden and Sanders. Amongst African Americans in between 17 and 29, 37%said they voted for Biden while 37%said they chose Sanders.

Biden won the largest share of females citizens, with assistance from 50%of women who participated in the Democratic primary.

Biden won the support of 43%of white, college-educated females in the Democratic primary, the biggest share of all the prospects.

South Carolina’s main voters seemed more moderate than other states. Just about half explained themselves as liberal. In contrast, a majority of caucus-goers in Iowa and Nevada and primary citizens in New Hampshire described themselves as liberal.

Twenty-six percent of South Carolina Democratic main voters determined as independent, up from 16%in2016

Fifty-four percent want the next president to go back to Democratic President Barack Obama’s policies, while 26%want more liberal policies and 16?sire more conservative ones.

Fifty-three percent said the U.S. economic system requires a complete overhaul.

Forty-six percent stated they are mad about the Trump administration; another 40%are discontented however not angry.

Sixty-seven percent stated they have an undesirable view of previous New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Seventy-seven percent said they have a beneficial view of Biden.

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Fifty-one percent stated they have a favorable view of Sanders.

Sanders won the biggest share of white voters.

Forty-six percent of Democratic main citizens said Biden has the best understanding of concerns of minorities.

Reporting by Chris Kahn; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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