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Andrew Yang got a bigger favorability bump than any other 2020 Democrat after the December debate

Last week’s Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles puts Andrew Yang ahead of Pete Buttigieg in net favorability.

Andrew Yang got a bigger favorability bump than any other 2020 Democrat after the December debate
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While last week’s Democratic presidential debate didn’t have a major impact on the frontrunners, it did give a perception boost to second-tier candidates—and Andrew Yang in particular.

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That’s the big takeaway from Morning Consult’s latest survey, which saw Yang ride a 7% percent jump in net favorability, launching him into fourth place among primary contenders. That puts him one percentage point ahead of Pete Buttigieg at 34% net favorability, which represents the share of respondents with favorable views of a candidate minus the share with unfavorable views.

Other lower-profile candidates also saw a boost in likability, including Buttigieg (who rose from 30% to 33%), Amy Klobuchar (21% to 26%), and Tom Steyer (15% to 20%), while Joe Biden picked up a percentage point to reach 49%.

Candidates whose scores dropped after the debate include Bernie Sanders (57% to 54%) and Elizabeth Warren (45% to 44%). Tulsi Gabbard, who did not participate in the debate, saw her net favorability plummet from -1% to -%12.

Despite the more positive vibes, Morning Consult says none of the candidates saw their positions change in its poll of voters’ first choices. Biden still leads at 31%, followed by Sanders at 21%, Warren at 15%, and Buttigieg at 9%.

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