Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg received the highest unfavorable rating of any Democrat in the first poll since he filed to run in the Democratic primary.
Bloomberg filed for the Alabama primary on Friday though he still has not made a final decision about whether to run. A Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted after the reports that Bloomberg was considering a run found him as the most unfavorable candidate in the Democratic field.
Nearly 25 percent of likely primary voters view him unfavorably, the highest of any candidate, while just 31 percent view him favorably.
By comparison, nearly 75 percent of Democratic voters view Joe Biden favorably while just 18 percent have an unfavorable view.
“In terms of he’s running because of me, the last polls I looked at, I’m pretty far ahead,” Biden told reporters in New Hampshire on Friday, according to Politico. “If I’m not mistaken, I’m doing pretty well both relative to Trump and relative to all the people running in the Democratic primary."
Bloomberg polling at 4%:
The poll found that a mere 4 percent of likely Democratic voters would support Bloomberg’s bid, putting him ahead of Andrew Yang but far below the leading candidates.
Biden leads nationally with 31 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders at 20, Elizabeth Warren at 18, Pete Buttigieg at 8 percent, Kamala Harris at 6 percent, and Yang at 3 percent.
Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar are at 2 percent while 9 percent support another candidate.
Bloomberg leads Trump:
Bloomberg’s claim to the nomination appears to be that he thinks he is the most likely candidate to defeat Trump. The new poll showed that he would likely beat Trump, but so would the other frontrunners.
The poll shows Warren leading Trump 45-39, Sanders leading Trump 45-40, Biden leading Trump 44-40, and Bloomberg leading Trump 43-37, with 21 percent of voters undecided.
But to get there Bloomberg would have to win the nomination, which his own polling suggests is improbable if Biden does not drop out, which he has no reason to do.
“Last week's announcement was partly a trial balloon to gauge interest and preserve the former mayor's options — but his own very extensive polling remains far from convincing,” Axios reported. “Polling being studied by Bloomberg shows big, perhaps insurmountable hurdles, particularly if Joe Biden stays in.”