November 10, 2019 | 2: 29pm
Michael Bloomberg would face a tough start to his presidential bid — as a new poll Sunday has found him with little support and nearly a quarter of Democratic primary voters who dislike him.
Despite grabbing wall-to-wall press coverage over the past week since hints of his possible run surfaced, Bloomberg came out as the favorite candidate for just 4-percent of Democratic primary voters, according to the Morning Consult poll.
It puts the former New York mayor in sixth place, just behind Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg and clearly trailing Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, with 18- and 20-percent support respectively.
Vice President Joe Biden is still the clear frontrunner with 31-percent making him their pick — a huge gap for Bloomberg to close if he does formally enter so late in the race.
Adding to his problems, nearly 25 percent of likely primary voters view him unfavorably — the highest disapproval rating of all the remaining hopefuls in his party, the poll claims.
Bloomberg’s net favorability — the share of voters who approve of him minus those who disapprove — is worst among the party’s youngest voters aged 18-29.
While it’s best among people over age 65, who say they are conservative, they make up a small share of the overall Democratic party, the poll states.
The data suggests that — despite the fanfare Bloomberg’s interest has sparked — his entry would not actually do much to change the current state of play between the leading candidates.
Not everyone is giving up hope, however.
“It’s going to be difficult, but we’ve never really seen a candidate with this amount of resources at his disposal,” said veteran Iowa Democratic operative Grant Woodard, an aide to Hillary Clinton in 2008.
“A lot of people here haven’t made up their minds,” he added. “There could still be an opening for him.”
Still, the poll still suggests Bloomberg would beat President Trump in a hypothetical election today, leading him 43 percent to 37 percent and with 21 percent undecided. Warren, Sanders and Biden would also beat Trump, the poll suggests.
With Post wires