According to a Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group survey, a majority of Democrats are in favor of President Biden engaging in debates with Democratic challenger Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The survey asked respondents if the two candidates should participate in the Presidential Primary Debate process, and 77.5 percent of all respondents, including Democrats, expressed support for the debates. This bipartisan consensus highlights the desire for open discussions and transparency within the Democratic Party.
The survey results reveal that even among Democrats, 57.5 percent believe that President Biden should debate RFK Jr., demonstrating a significant portion of the party’s members calling for a competitive primary process. RFK Jr. himself has expressed eagerness to debate Biden, emphasizing the importance of honest and respectful dialogues to address fundamental differences on issues like corporate influence, censorship, civil liberties, poverty, corruption, and war policy. He has criticized the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for what he perceives as a “rigged” primary system and a lack of scheduled debates, which he believes undermines the integrity of the election process.
The fact that a majority of Republicans (92.8 percent) and a significant majority of independents (80.1 percent) also support the debates further illustrates the broad consensus for open discourse among all voters. This desire for robust primary debates reflects a commitment to democracy and fair competition within the political landscape.
The survey was conducted among 1,088 likely general election voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent. The results indicate a widespread sentiment among Democrats, Republicans, and independents that debates between Biden and RFK Jr. would contribute to a more transparent and inclusive political environment.
Furthermore, RFK Jr.’s higher favorability rating, as shown in a recent survey by The Economist/YouGov, suggests that there is a growing interest in his candidacy. This support extends beyond party lines and indicates a potential appeal for his policy positions and commitment to addressing concerns about election integrity.
Overall, the survey results reveal a bipartisan consensus among Democrats, Republicans, and independents in favor of President Biden and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. engaging in debates. This demonstrates a commitment to transparency, open dialogues, and a fair primary process that allows for robust discussions on important issues. Such debates can foster a more engaged electorate and provide voters with a clearer understanding of the candidates’ positions, promoting a healthier democracy.