September 17, 2019
California Democrats, Republicans weigh-in on Trump's future
SAN FRANCISCO (INT) A new poll underscores the divisiveness among California voters as the 2020 elections loom.

Even Democrats polled by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found they are equally divided on a key question: Is it more important to nominate the candidate whose views align with their own or the one who seems most likely to defeat President Trump?

Older voters are more likely to say that the ability to defeat Trump is more important, while younger voters are more likely to think it is more important to nominate a candidate with views similar to theirs.

But an overwhelming majority of Republican likely voters (82%) say they would definitely or probably vote to reelect Trump if the election were held today. Similarly, there is a partisan divide among likely voters on approval of Trump: 84% of Republicans approve of how Trump is handling his job as president, compared to far fewer independents (43%) and Democrats (8%).

With the 2020 presidential primary looming large in California, Republicans overwhelmingly want to reelect Trump, while most Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are divided about what they are looking for in a candidate to defeat Trump, said Mark Baldassare, PPIC president.
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