Which voters back which candidates?

An analysis of the ideological positioning of each Democratic primary candidate’s voter base

N.B. Analysis completed during the last week of February proceeding Super Tuesday on March 3rd, 2020


While media coverage of the Democratic primary often emphasizes the ideological “battle” between the progressive and moderate wings of the party, the opposing candidates are, in fact, competing for many voters with similar ideological persuasions. Despite the perceived tension between the moderate party…




The Election Compass is a “Voting Advice Application”, a popularized academic tool comparing citizens’ opinions to their political candidates’ positions on the most prominent and contentious issues in the campaign. Try it yourself at usa.electioncompass.org!

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