Biden fans don’t get Yang, Sanders supporters detest Buttigieg: Here’s the rival that’s most disliked by each 2020 candidate’s supporters

  • The first primary contests of the 2020 Democratic primary race are less than three months away.
  • To help make sense of where all the candidates stand, Insider has been conducting a recurring SurveyMonkey Audience national poll.
  • In addition to polling who each Democratic candidate’s supporters also like, we asked each candidate’s supporters who they least like.
  • Overall, Marianne Williamson and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard were the most likely to be heavily disliked among candidates’ supporters, but there were a few other surprising results.
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The first primary contests of the 2020 Democratic primary race are less than three months away, and the race is quickly heating up.

To help make sense of where all the 2020 candidates stand, Insider has been conducting a recurring SurveyMonkey Audience national poll.

We’re mainly interested in using our polling to figure out:

  • What percentage of Democratic voters are familiar with each candidate in the first place.
  • How Democrats rate each candidate’s chances of beating President Donald Trump in the general election.
  • If a given candidate were to drop out of the race, who that candidate’s supporters would flock to next.

In addition to polling who each candidates’ supporters also like, we also asked each Democratic candidate’s supporters who they least like over the course of six polls conducted between early September and early November.

You can download all of our polls here, down to the individual respondent data and see the details of the margin of error and sample size for the polls we cite here. (Read more about how the Insider 2020 Democratic primary tracker works).

We both asked each candidate’s supporters which other candidates they actively disliked and which of the other candidates they did like. Then we compared those results to the candidates’ levels of support among the Democratic primary electorate more broadly.

Overall, Marianne Williamson and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii were the most likely to be heavily disliked among other candidates’ supporters, but there were a few other surprising results. Keep reading to learn which candidates each contender’s supporters most dislike.


Joe Biden’s supporters dislike Sen. Bernie Sanders and are skeptical of Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders was the most disliked candidate among Joe Biden supporters, with 24% of Biden backers actively disliking Sanders.
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg‘s support among Biden supporters was 36%, 13 percentage points lower than his support among Democrats generally.
  • Andrew Yang is also underwater among Biden supporters compared to Democrats generally. Just 17% of Biden supporters said they liked Yang, 15 percentage points lower than his support among all Democrats.

Read more about Joe Biden’s campaign.


Bernie Sanders’ supporters most dislike Biden, and are skeptical of Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar compared to all Democrats.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Dover, New Hampshire, on September 1, 2019.
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  • Sanders supporters dislike Biden slightly more than Democrats in general, with 33% disliking Biden compared to 27% of all Democrats who don’t like him.
  • Just 31% of Sanders supporters said they liked Buttigieg, a full 18 percentage points lower than the 49% of all Democratic voters who like him.
  • Only 14% of Sanders supporters like Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 16 percentage points lower than the 30% of all Democrats who like her.

Read more about Bernie Sanders’ campaign.


Elizabeth Warren supporters are less likely to be fans of Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and dislike Marianne Williamson.

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  • Just 21% of Sen. Elizabeth Warren fans like Klobuchar, nine percentage points lower than the 30% of Democrats who like her.
  • Only 9% of Warren fans also like Gabbard compared to 18% of all Democrats who like her.
  • And Warren supporters actively disliked Williamson more than any candidate, with 30% disliking Williamson.

Read more about Elizabeth Warren’s campaign.


Kamala Harris’s supporters dislike Marianne Williamson and are less likely to support Tulsi Gabbard, and Michael Bennet.

  • 34% of Sen. Kamala Harris supporters actively dislike Williamson, the most out of any of the other candidates.
  • Just 13% of Harris supporters like Gabbard, five percentage points lower than the 18% of Democratic primary voters who like her.
  • And only nine percent of Harris supporters liked Bennet, eight percentage points lower than the 17% of all Democratic voters who liked him.

Read more about Kamala Harris’ campaign.


Pete Buttigieg’s supporters most dislike Williamson, and are skeptical of Gabbard and Yang.

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  • Almost 43% of Buttigieg supporters actively disliked Williamson, with more disliking her than any other candidate.
  • Only 13.6% of Buttigieg supporters liked Gabbard compared to 18.3% of all Democratic voters.
  • Yang was also slightly underwater among Buttigieg supporters, with 30.6% of Buttigieg supporters liking Yang compared to 32.5% of all voters who liked him.

Read more about Pete Buttigieg’s campaign.


Cory Booker’s supporters actively dislike Williamson far more than any other candidates, with 39% of Booker supporters not liking her.

Read more about Cory Booker’s campaign.


Andrew Yang’s supporters most dislike Biden and Williamson.

  • A full 35% Yang supporters actively disliked Biden, a figure nine percentage points higher than all Democratic voters who expressed dislike for Biden.
    • Similarly, 46% of Yang supporters said they liked Biden compared to 55% of all Democratic voters.
  • 24% of Yang supporters also expressed disliking Marianne Williamson.

Read more about Andrew Yang’s campaign.


Amy Klobuchar’s supporters don’t care for Sanders and dislike Williamson.

  • Sanders was the most underwater candidate among Klobuchar supporters, with 52% of the group liking him compared to 56% of all Democrats.
  • A full 45% of Klobuchar supporters further disliked Williamson.

Read more about Amy Klobuchar’s campaign.


Julian Castro’s supporters also dislike Williamson far more than any other candidate, with 44% not liking her.

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Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.
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Read more about Julian Castro’s campaign.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s supporters most dislike Harris, who Gabbard clashed with during the September DNC debate. They’re not big on Biden.

  • 27% of Gabbard supporters actively dislike Harris compared to 25% of Democrats overall.
  • While Joe Biden was above water, he still performed worst among Gabbard supporters in terms who they liked the most compared to Democratic primary voters as a whole. 57% of Gabbard supporters liked Biden compared to 55% of all Democrats.

Read more about Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign.


Tom Steyer’s supporters most disliked Williamson.

Steyer disliked Williamson more than any of the other candidates, with 34% actively disliking her.

Read more about Tom Steyer’s campaign.


Michael Bennet’s supporters most dislike Williamson and were skeptical of Sanders.

  • While Sanders was above water, he performed the worst among Bennet supporters relative to all Democratic primary voters, with 57% of Bennet supporters liking
  • 42% of Bennet supporters also disliked Williamson.

Read more about Michael Bennet’s campaign.


Gov. Steve Bullock supporters were less likely to like Sanders and disliked Gabbard, and Williamson.

  • Like with Bennet’s supporters, Sanders was narrowly above water, but still preformed worst among Gov. Steve Bullock supporters relative to all Democrats, with 57.7% of Bullock supporters liking Sanders compared to 56% of all Democrats.
  • Meanwhile, 41% of Bullock supporters disliked Gabbard and 43% disliked Williamson.

Read more about Steve Bullock’s campaign.


Former Rep. John Delaney’s supporters most dislike Williamson.

29% of Delaney backers expressed dislike for Williamson.

Read more about John Delaney’s campaign.


Marianne Williamson supporters least liked Biden, Delaney, and Buttigieg.

  • Williamson supporters disliked Biden more than any other candidate by a large margin, with 28% actively disliking the former vice president.
    • Biden also performed the worst out of all candidates in terms of who her backers like. 55.3% of Williamson supporters liked Biden, almost exactly the same percentage as Democratic primary voters in general.
  • Buttigieg was well above water, but preformed the second-worst in terms of who Williamson supporters liked. 54% of Williamson supporters liked Buttigieg, compared to 49% of all Democratic voters.
  • 14% of Williamson supporters also actively disliked Delaney.

Read more about Marianne Williamson’s campaign.

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