The survey suggests Democratic voters want to ditch the current party leadership and embrace the grassroots
The survey found that 52 percent of registered Democratic voters want “movements within the Democratic Party to take it even further to the left and oppose the current Democratic leaders.”
Desire for a leftward move was strongest among young Democrats, who overwhelmingly backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 Democratic primary.
The Harvard-Harris poll found that 69 percent of Democratic voters between the ages of 18 and 34 believe the party should embrace the leftward shift pushed by grassroots movements urging Democrats to back Medicare for All, free public college tuition, a $15 minimum wage, and a bevy of other progressive goals.
“Those results, taken together, appear to bolster the left’s broad critique of the Democratic Party, which accuses the party of focusing too much on feuding with Trump and not enough on building a coherent vision for the left,” concluded Mic‘s Andrew Joyce.
Some prominent Democrats have in recent weeks indicated that they agree with this critique, and with the majority of their voters.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) angered centrist Democrats back in August when she told the audience of a Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Georgia that “the Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill.”
Amid an ongoing battle within the Democratic National Committee between its progressive wing and the more “centrist” establishment, a Harvard-Harris poll (pdf) published Tuesday found that a majority of Democrats think their party should be embracing grassroots movements, ditching its current leadership, and moving to the left.