Who’s Most Electable? Fame Distorts Debate Over Top Democrats

December 3, 2019


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Who’s Most Electable? Fame Distorts Debate Over Top Democrats

As the Democratic presidential primary continues, debates about electability have taken center stage. Week-by-week, survey results referred to as “matchups” show how Trump would perform against hypothetical candidates. Those candidates doing best in the matchups are assumed to be the most electable.

Writing in the Washington Post, Rob Griffin explains why these matchups might be misleading. Some of the Democratic candidates have much lower name recognition than others — exaggerating the differences between the candidates and making lesser known candidates like Warren, Harris, and Buttigieg appear less electable than they probably are.

To learn more, read the whole post here.

Robert Griffin is the research director of the Voter Study Group. Views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the collective Voter Study Group.


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