With the 2020 Democratic presidential primary election rapidly approaching, voters seem to be growing more uncertain about which candidate to support.
The story: According to David Metz, a member of a county Democratic committee in Iowa, despite four primary debates and hundreds of campaign events in the election cycle so far, voters are “anxious” about which candidate to back with less than 100 days before the state’s Democratic primary election on February 3.
“Nobody knows what to do,” Metz said. “They’re all afraid. There’s a lot of anxiety.”
During a recent event at the Pearl City Station in Iowa, Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden discussed his agenda for almost 45 minutes without taking questions. An elderly man in the back of the room reportedly fell asleep during Biden’s speech.
“The lack of enthusiasm for Biden’s candidacy underscores a broader trend emerging in the states that matter most in the Democratic Party’s high-stakes presidential nomination fight: Primary voters appear to be getting less certain of their choice as Election Day approaches,” the Associated Press reports.
So far nine Democratic hopefuls have qualified for the November debate with dozens of other candidates still vying to qualify for the fifth debate.
Donors and party leaders in the country have already expressed concerns over the direction in which the primary election is heading, and the results of recent polls conducted in Iowa and New Hampshire have only highlighted the growing feeling of uncertainty among voters.
According to polls, even voters with a preferred candidate said they could change their minds before the primary election.
Longshot Democratic candidate, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, has tried to leverage the feeling of indecision among voters. Steyer has promised to spend $100 million of his own pocket to boost his campaign.
“We’re three months out from Iowa and we thought that there would be a lot of indecision, but it’s definitely higher than we would have expected. No question,” Steyer said. “That is something that has to be true if I’m going to win. And it is true.”
Voters’ reactions: “The times are that much more dire,” said Greg Bruss, a retired 68-year-old retired from New Hampshire. “I don’t want to get it wrong.”
Former New Hampshire state Sen. Bette Lasky said: “Generally, I don’t have trouble making up my mind. But (it’s) difficult for me to get out there behind any one candidate.”
Iowa school employee Danielle Borglum said: “I didn’t realize the amount of people that we had as candidates! So many people have a plan. Is anyone really right?”
Retired Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, teacher Bev Alderson said she has “a couple of frontrunners, but they’re not etched in stone.”
“There’s too much to be said yet. There’s too many things that are happening and going on, it’s just too early,” she said.