Dems are looking to make Pocahontas the frontrunner. Democratic voters gave Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg got the top grades for their performances at Tuesday night’s debate in Ohio. FiveThirtyEight.com and Ipsos polled a group of 3,360 Democratic primary voters nationwide and had them grade the hopefuls on a four-point scale.
Those voters said Warren earned a 3.2 to top the list, while Sanders tied with the South Bend, Ind., mayor with a 3.1. They were followed by former Vice President Joe Biden (3) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (2.9). Rep. Tulsi Gabbard received the lowest marks. Her average was 2.4 points.
In the middle of the pack were Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both with 2.8 points. Then came businessman Andrew Yang, with 2.7 points, followed by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke with 2.6 points. Circling the bottom with Gabbard were former HUD Director Julian Castro and billionaire Tom Steyer with 2.5 points.
Pollsters had also asked respondents to rate the favorability of the candidates before Tuesday’s debate in order to determine if a candidate over or under-performed, with the assumption being that better-liked candidates would have an edge.
Warren had the highest pre-debate favorables – and respondents found she also performed the best. Sanders performance, with the second best grade, was in line with his popularity too – as he had the third highest favorability rating.