Joe Biden remains the top choice for South Carolina voters, but other candidates are gaining ground, according to the latest Winthrop poll. Biden leads Sanders 24% to 19% with 1 in 5 voters still undecided.
Biden polled even higher among African American voters at 31%. Tom Steyer sits at 15%, Pete Buttigieg has 7% and Elizabeth Warren has 6%. Michael Bloomberg is not on the South Carolina ballot.
The Palmetto State is important in the presidential process because it is the first primary in the South and because it is the first time presidential candidates can be vetted by large numbers of African-American voters.
Over 50 percent of those surveyed said they were sure of their choice with 43% saying they might change their mind. Eighty percent of poll respondents said they would vote in November for the party’s nominee, while 85% of African-American voters said they would.
Nearly half of poll respondents said their primary objective was to beat President Donald Trump, while nearly an equal number said it was key for the Democratic nominee to share their views.For this latest Winthrop Poll, callers spoke to 443 likely voters for the Feb. 29 S.C. Democratic Presidential Primary.