You would be wrong.
Which is interesting!
What’s also interesting is just how much the 2020 Democratic race is developing as a battle between its liberal and moderate wings. Among people who describe themselves as liberal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) takes 23% of the national Democratic vote in the CNN-SSRS poll while Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont) and former Vice President Joe Biden each take 22%. Among “moderates” and “conservatives,” however, the story is very different. Biden is at 34%, compared with 9% for Sanders, 7% for Warren and 7% for South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
What all of these data points say is that while the most liberal elements within the party — which tend to spend lots and lots of time online and on Twitter — are the loudest, they are not nearly as dominant a voice within the party as they (and the candidates vying for their votes) would have you believe.
To be clear: There is absolutely a constituency within the current Democratic Party for ideas like “Medicare for All,” which would end private insurance entirely, and the decriminalization of illegal immigration. But it is just as clear — from the CNN poll and others — that this is not the only, or even the majority, voting bloc among Democrats. There’s a considerable chunk of Democrats who are in favor of more pragmatic solutions, like, say, amending and extending the Affordable Care Act rather than doing away with it.
The Point: Biden is the front-runner — and still the favorite to be the nominee — because the Democratic Party isn’t the liberal monolith many people online make it out to be.