According to the latest WBRU/College Reaction Poll of college students nationwide, there is no consensus regarding the ideological leader of the Democratic party. While 30% consider Joe Biden to lead the trail, 25% chose Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Students are split on the ideological leader of the Democratic party

• 30% consider Joe Biden to be leader

• 25% consider AOC to be leader

• 22% consider Bernie Sanders to be leader

• 21% consider Nancy Pelosi to be leader

• 2% consider Chuck Schumer to be leader

The point: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been visible for a year. She's been in Congress for 6 months. Young people already consider her to be one of the pacesetters of the Democratic party. The other contenders have been in politics for ov


WBRU/College Reaction Poll, n=515 | August 2nd-3rd | m.o.e +/- 4%

1. Who do you view as the ideological leader of the Democratic party?

  • Biden: 30%
  • AOC: 25%
  • Bernie: 22%
  • Pelosi: 21%
  • Schumer: 2%

2. What is the biggest threat facing the United States?

  • Climate change: 51%
  • Gun violence: 20%
  • Terrorism: 6%
  • Technology: 5%
  • Nuclear War: 4%
  • Globalization: 4%
  • China: 3%
  • Russia: 3%
  • Iran: 1%
  • North Korea: 1%

3. Do you think Donald Trump should be indicted when he leaves office?

  • Yes: 59%
  • No: 41%


Data in this report are generated from a poll conducted between August 2nd-3rd, 2019. A total of 511 panelists participated in the poll. The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 4 points

           College Reaction’s polling is conducted using a demographically-representative panel of college students from around the country. The surveys are administered via college e-mail address to ensure current enrollment in a four-year institution. The target population for the general population sample was students currently enrolled in accredited 4-year institutions in the US.

Respondents in this poll were randomly selected from a ~10,000 respondent database, which aims to mirror the broader college demographic from a racial, geographic and political standpoint. Results are weighted to mirror race and gender statistics of the college demographic as defined by the National Center for Education statistics.

College Reaction sends the survey to the randomly-generated sample of students via email. The email asks the respondent to complete the attached survey. Student typically have 24-48 hours to fill out the given survey.

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