Who is Elizabeth Warren?
Current job: US Senator from Massachusetts. Running for president of the United States as a Democratic candidate.
Family: Warren is married to law professor Bruce Mann. She has two children, Amelia Warren Tyagi and Alexander Warren.
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Political party: Democratic
Previous jobs: Advisor to President Barack Obama on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2010 to 2011. Chair of the congressional oversight panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) from 2008-2010. Tenured law professor at Harvard Law School from 1993 to 2013.
Who is Warren’s direct competition for the nomination?
Based on a recurring series of national surveys we conduct, we can figure out who the other candidates competing in Elizabeth Warren’s lane are, and who the broader opponents are within the party.
- The average Warren-satisfied respondent said they were satisfied with 3.9 other candidates, which is the third-lowest number of rivals for a candidate in the race. That’s pretty good: it means that people who like her tend to be narrowing down their choices. Still, only about 5 percent of Warren supporters said they were satisfied with her and her alone.
- Among Democratic primary voters, about half of those who’d be satisfied with Warren as nominee were also satisfied with Joe Biden as nominee. That is way down, from about two thirds early in the election cycle. Warren has carved out a constituency of her own, but a Biden candidacy that pans out will pose a significant threat to Warren’s ability to consolidate a constituency.
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- Those satisfied with Warren also would be satisfied with fellow New England liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders. Of those satisfied with Warren as nominee, just shy of two thirds also would be satisfied with Sanders. That’s about 10 percentage points higher than Sander’s performance among general Democrats, who were satisfied with him a little more than half of the time.
- Those satisfied with Warren also saw the appeal in Kamala Harris, but at a lower rate than among the total set of Democrats.
INSIDER has been conducting a recurring poll through SurveyMonkey Audience on a national sample to find out how different candidate’s constituencies overlap. We ask people whether they are familiar with a candidate, whether they would be satisfied or unsatisfied with that candidate as nominee, and sometimes we also ask whether they think that person would win or lose in a general election against President Donald Trump.
What are Elizabeth Warren’s policy positions?
- On healthcare:
- She introduced legislation in 2018 that would limit profits for insurance companies and offer more financial assistance to those buying insurance on the Obamacare marketplace. She introduced another bill that would establish a government-run pharmaceutical manufacturer to bring down drug prices.
- Warren supports “Medicare for All,” which would provide every American with health insurance through Medicare while eliminating private insurers and virtually eliminating co-pays and deductibles.
- In October, Warren released a $20.5 trillion plan to pay for single-payer, which would significantly expand her wealth tax on the ultra-rich, impose new financial taxes, and have employers re-direct their healthcare contributions from private insurance companies to the government. It would not raise taxes on the middle-class.
- In November, Warren announced she would pass a Medicare for All “option” that would open up Medicare to all Americans, but wouldn’t be mandatory. She would push for full single-payer later in her first term.
- On immigration:
- Warren wants to replace the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) with “something that reflects our morality and that works.”
- She supports the Obama administration’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program, which protects young people who come to the US illegally as children.
- She co-sponsored the 2018 HELP Separated Children Act aimed at protecting immigrant children from enforcement actions.
- And she supports decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings.
- During the 2020 Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, Warren said, “The truth is, immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security. It’s time to end this draconian policy and return to treating immigration as a civil – not a criminal – issue.”
- On climate change and the environment:
- In February 2019, Warren signed on to the Green New Deal resolution, which aims to transition the US to 100% clean and renewable energy in 10 years, and stimulate the economy with millions of new jobs and an expanded social safety net.
- Warren introduced a bill last year that would require public companies to disclose information about how climate change might impact their business. She has a 99% lifetime score, based on her voting record, from the League of Conservation Voters.
- In April 2019, Warren announced she would sign an executive order fully banning drilling, including offshore, on public lands. She would also reinstate a rule limiting methane pollution, clean water regulations, and protections for national monuments.
- Warren has said she would hire 10,000 Americans to “to help rebuild our national forests and national parks as a way to express both their public service and their commitment to fighting back against climate change.”
- In September 2019, Warren laid out her climate proposal, which calls for 100% zero-carbon new buildings by 2028, all zero-carbon new vehicles by 2030, and entirely zero-carbon electricity by 2035. She would spend $3 trillion on climate efforts. She supports a tax on carbon as a way to cut emissions.
- Warren wants to spend $1 trillion over the next decade on the country’s most vulnerable communities, with a focus on climate and environmental impacts on those populations.
- On campaign finance:
- Warren no longer takes donations from political action committees of any kind.
- Setting her apart from the 2020 field, Warren announced in February 2019 that she won’t hold fundraisers, calls, or special events with big donors during the course of her primary campaign and in the general election, should she become the nominee.
- On abortion:
- Warren supports the right to an abortion and voted against a bill in the Senate that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
- On LGBTQ rights:
- On education:
- In April 2019, Warren unveiled her plan to forgive $50,000 in student loan debt for every American whose family makes up to $100,000, and households that make between $100,000 and $250,000 would get a sliding portion of their debt cancelled. She would also make all public higher education, including community colleges, tuition- and fee-free.
- Warren previously signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ College For All Act, which would waive tuition for all students attending public colleges and universities whose families make $125,000 a year or less.
- And she supported Sen. Brian Schatz’s proposal to make room and board and other expenses loan-free for students attending public colleges.
- Warren has introduced several bills over the years to aid student loan borrowers.
- On guns:
- Warren co-sponsored a ban on assault weapons and on the sale of high-capacity magazines. She’s called for gun manufacturers to do more to reduce gun violence, and pushed for the National Institutes of Health to do more research on gun violence.
- Warren introduced a sweeping proposal in August to cut gun deaths by 80% through the use of the executive powers of the presidency. She endorsed the creation of a federal licensing system, raising the legal age to buy a gun to 21, putting a cap on the number of guns one person can buy, $100 million yearly investment in gun violence research, and laws to hold gun manufacturers liable.
- On criminal justice reform:
- Warren introduced a 2018 marijuana reform bill which would exempt states that have legalized marijuana from the federal prohibition on the drug. And she co-sponsored the 2018 Marijuana Justice Act, which would end the federal prohibition on marijuana.
- Warren is opposed to the death penalty, and says the criminal justice system is “racist … front to back,” and supported the Senate’s bipartisan criminal justice reform bill passed in December 2018.
- On trade:
- Warren wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but is critical of Trump’s 2018 deal with Mexico and Canada.
- She also opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Trump withdrew the US from in 201, arguing that it would “undermine US sovereignty” and disproportionately benefit multinational corporations.
- Warren wants the US to “rethink all of our trade policies” and says tariffs should be part of that.
- On jobs:
- In June 2019, Warren proposed a set of economic interventions to help US workers, including a $2 trillion investment in environmentally sustainable industries, a new federal government department to promote economic development, and US dollar manipulation, under the umbrella of what she called “economic patriotism.”
- On foreign policy:
- She called for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in November 2018. She’s also called for the removal of US troops from Syria and Iraq. She voted against a Senate resolution condemning Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
- She opposed Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and she is opposed to US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
- Warren has been critical of the Israeli government is recent years, particularly with regard to its treatment of Palestinians. She is a critic of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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- On the social safety net:
- Warren introduced the 2018 American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, which would invest hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade in new housing, in helping families with mortgage payments, and in addressing racial disparities in housing.
- She has also proposed establishing government-funded early childhood care centers across the country through her 2018 Universal Childcare and Early Learning Act. This would allow working-class families to access free care, while families with higher incomes would pay at most 7% of their income.
- Her plan for Social Security calls for a $200 monthly increase in benefits to all recipients. She also wants to expand access to the program to caretakers, low-income families, and widows.
- Warren is calling for an $85 billion investment in rural broadband for underserved areas.
- On corporate regulation:
- As president, Warren says she would do more to rein in corporate monopolies and increase competition.
- In March 2019, she proposed breaking up the country’s biggest tech companies, including Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.
- In July 2019, Warren proposed legislation that would impose new regulations on the private equity industry and reinstate Glass-Steagall regulations on Wall Street.
- On democracy reform:
- On voting rights, Warren has a proposal to mandate same-day and automatic voter registration, make Election Day a national holiday, expand early voting, and loosen ID requirements. She would also prohibit political gerrymandering and boost election security.
- She’s calling to end the filibuster, the 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation in the US Senate.
- She’s in favor of eliminating the electoral college.
What are Elizabeth Warren’s political successes?
- Warren designed and helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) following the 2008 financial crisis.
- She’s authored several bipartisan bills that have been passed into law, including:
- The Smart Savings Act, which increased the return on investment for federal workers’ retirement accounts.
- A law to reduce the amount of unused prescription drugs, including opioids.
- Legislation to make hearing aids easier to buy, including over the counter.
- The Jobs for Our Heroes Act, which makes it easier for veterans to get commercial driver’s licenses.
- She pressured the Obama administration to cancel $30 million in student debt held by thousands of Massachusetts residents who attended a fraudulent career college.
Where does Elizabeth Warren poll best?
Based on the 12 polls conducted by Insider since late August, we can gather a sense of the geographic regions where candidates are overperforming when it comes to how satisfied voters would be if they were chosen as the presidential nominee. Though the first four primaries are in the Western Midwest, New England, the South Atlantic and Mountain regions, the four regions that allocate the bulk of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention are the South Atlantic (16%), Pacific (16%), Mid-Atlantic (16%) and Eastern Midwest (15%).
Voters in New England were most satisfied with Warren as a candidate at a rate of 9.1 percentage points over other regions. She also does well in the West Midwest (+4.7 percentage points) and Mountain (+3.1 percentage points). She polls worst in the Mid-Atlantic region (-5.2 percentage points) and Western South (-4.6 percentage points).
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How is Elizabeth Warren viewed by different wings of the Democratic party?
Warren does especially well among those who identified as very or moderately liberal. She lags rivals among those primary voters who identify only as slightly liberal.
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How much money has Elizabeth Warren raised?
How is Elizabeth Warren viewed by voters compared to the competition?
INSIDER has conducted a number of other polls to check in on how these candidates are perceived in comparison to one another. When we asked respondents to one poll to rank how far to the left or to the right they considered the candidates, Warren was generally considered to be one of the more left-leaning candidates in the field, in fifth place out of a field of then 20. Warren is among the most experienced candidates in the field, coming in third place behind Sanders and Biden when we asked respondents to rank the candidates based on how prepared they are for the rigors of the presidency given what they knew about their history of public service and experience with government. And when asked how likable or personable respondents perceived the candidates to be, Warren was considered emerged in the top five.
Could Elizabeth Warren beat President Trump?
Referring back to INSIDER’s recurring poll, Warren overall was once believed to be an ordinary, if slightly weaker candidate in a general election against Donald Trump compared to the whole field. However, she’s now seen as a top-flight rival, with over half of Democrats thinking she’d beat the president. This growth was not mirrored among non-Democrats, who consider her a fairly ordinary Democratic candidate against the President.
How do Democratic voters feel about Elizabeth Warren’s qualifications?
INSIDER has conducted polling about how voters feel about candidate attributes or qualifications. We asked respondents about a list of possible qualifications and if they made them more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate for president.
For example, among respondents who said they’d vote in the Democratic primary, 19% said a candidate being a college professor made them likelier to support them, while 4% said it made them less likely to, for a +15% net favorability. We can then see how different candidates’ resumes stack up compared to those preferences.
Attributes perceived as most valuable include her released tax returns (+43%), position in the Senate (+40%), her growing up poor (+28%), past as an activist (+28%), consumer advocate (+18%), college professor (+15%) and lawyer (+3%).
Attributes considered to be a liability based on the preferences of self-reported Democratic voters include that she is age 70 or over (-24%).
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