Presidential Pulse Poll 2020

She the People Poll Results

On June 25, 2019, She the People released a national straw poll of women of color leaders, political strategists, organizers, and activists ahead of the first Democratic primary debates. The results follow a straw poll conducted last December that saw Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke leading the horse race among women of color. The new results show a stark change in polling following the historic She the People presidential forum in April.

Of those surveyed, approximately 57% identified as African American or Black, 25% identified as Latinx, 16% identified as Asian, 8% identified as American Indian, Native American,
Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 7% as Other. 23% of the total number identified as multi-racial.

Top Lines:

  1. Below is a list of major candidates running for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination. Thinking about these candidates, please indicate which candidate would be your FIRST choice, which would be your your SECOND choice, and which would be your your THIRD choice to win the nomination.

Other options included:

Michael Bennett, Bill de Blasio, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Ryan, Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson, & Andrew Yang.


Elizabeth Warren is by far the most popular first choice among this sample, with almost half (100) of respondents selecting her. Next most popular is Harris (55), then Biden (30), then Sanders (12).

  • Among respondents who chose Warren as their first choice candidate, Harris is the most popular second choice (48 of 100), with Sanders coming in far behind (18 of 100).

  • Among respondents who chose Harris as their first choice candidate, Warren is the most popular second choice (34 of 55).

  • Among respondents who chose Biden as their first choice candidate, second place is split between Harris (13 of 30) and Warren (13 of 30).

2. For you, what issue is MOST important for a Democratic presidential candidate to talk about in the upcoming debates on June 26 and 27?

Full options included:

Voting rights for all American citizens; Protecting access to reproductive health services, including birth control and abortion; Ending police violence in communities of color; Taking action on climate change; Medicare for All; Ending incarceration and deportation of asylum seekers; Stricter gun laws; Impeaching Donald Trump; Forgive student debt; $ federal minimum wage; Debt-free or Tuition-free College; Ending mass incarceration; Improving outcomes for Black women's pregnancies and birth; Nominating judges who value people over profits; Putting diplomacy before war in foreign policy; Reparations for descendants of enslaved people; Child Care for All; Justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women; Expanding social security; Paid family leave for all workers; and Stopping sexual assault and sexual violence


The plurality response to the most-important-issue question is "Voting Rights for All Americans" (48)

  • The runners up are "Protecting access to reproductive health services, including birth control and abortion" (27), "Ending Police Violence in Communities of Color" (25), and "Taking action on climate change" (19).

  • The second- and third-most-important issues tend to be a mix of those four as well.

  • This suggests that issues of particular concern to women and communities of color - voting rights, reproductive justice, and the criminal justice system - are of particular concern to this cohort

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