Bernie leads Biden by just one point in Water Cooler survey

VTWatercooler.com surveyed 279 Vermonters over 9/9/19-9/11-19 regarding their candidate and issue preferences in the presidential primaries. The phone sampling was collected via Interactive Voice Response from 10,000 randomly selected households with registered voters, additional responses were collected via online social media. The results were then weighted for age and gender and political affiliation.
 
Here are some key takeaways from the Vermont Water Cooler Fall Survey:
 
§  Sen. Bernie Sanders leads Democratic presidential candidates with 17% of respondents picking him as their first choice, but just a point ahead of 2nd place candidate former VP Joe Biden’s 16%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won 10%, with all other candidates in single digits. 42% responded “Other,” presumably indicating their preference for a Republican candidate. See pie chart graphic, below. 
 
§  In the Republican primary, incumbent Pres. Donald Trump garnered the support of 43%, with challengers Bill Weld at 13% and Joe Walsh at 6%. 38% responded “Other”, presumably indicating a preference for a Democratic candidate.
 
§  41% prefer a Republican candidate for president, and 48% prefer a Democrat.
 
§  Asked which issues were most important for presidential candidates to address, Immigration was number one at 28% and Climate Change was number two at 22%. Addressing racism and passing a federal $15 minimum wage came in last at 3% each.
 
§  In the Vermont Gubernatorial race, incumbent Gov. Phil Scott is the choice of 50% of Vermonters, TJ Donovan 10%, David Zuckerman 9%, and Rebecca Holcombe 7% split the other side, with 18% unsure and 5% wanting another choice altogether.
 
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