Young Voters For Biden, Sanders; Bloomberg Nabs Older Voters In New Poll
As Super Tuesday approaches, demographic shake-ups in the Sooner State are providing new insight into how the state’s 42 delegates could be divided in the Democratic Primary.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is carrying the plurality vote from the state’s youngest voters, despite being one of the oldest candidates in the race.
According to a new News 9/SoonerPoll survey, Biden carries 43.8 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds, nearly doubling the percentage of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
Sanders’ candidacy both in 2016 and 2020 have been marked by a groundswell of support from younger voters nationwide.
Biden’s support with young millennials and Generation Z voters is also the highest percentage of support from any single age group.
Among older millennial and 35-49-year-olds, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), are locked in a statistical tie.
Sanders also carries 16.4 percent of the 50 to 64-year-old vote alongside former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, who garnered 17.3 percent.
The 65 and older vote is the most concentrated among two candidates and the undecided.
Buttigieg carries the senior vote with 32.7 percent, followed by former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg with 23.6 percent.
In all age groups, nearly 1 in 5 voters said they were still undecided about who they’d vote for with Super Tuesday less than two weeks away when the poll was conducted.
Between men and women, Biden fairs the best, carrying the roughly 20 percent of the vote of each, while not in the lead in either group.
Bloomberg is in a statistical tie among women with Biden despite recent reports of alleged sexual harassment complaints and non-disclosure agreements with former female employees of Bloomberg.
Biden also began his primary run with allegations and video of unwanted or unexpected touching of women.
Buttigieg boasts just under 14 percent of women voters but struggles among men with only 5 percent of men saying they’d cast their vote for the Indiana mayor.
Among men, Biden and Sanders each have roughly 20 percent of the vote, although only 5.8 percent of women said they would vote for Sanders.
None of the support matters if voters change their minds before Mar. 3.
In each age group, somewhere between 40 to 50 percent of voters said they would either probably change or might change their minds in the next week.
Early voting has already started in Oklahoma. Polls open on Mar. 3. at 7 a.m.