Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri) is now 22 points behind her Democratic primary opponent, according to a new poll released on Monday.
The survey, which was commissioned by the Missouri Scout and the Republican firm Remington Research Group, was carried out from February 7th to the 9th and included 401 probable Democratic primary voters in 2024.
Respondents were requested to indicate their preferred candidate in a fictitious primary election that were to take place today.
The field consisted of three contenders, arranged as follows: Wesley Bell, state senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal, and Bush. The incumbent candidate was not specified in the query.
4 percent of the respondents chose Nadal, while 28 percent chose Bush and half chose Bell. Eighteen percent expressed uncertainty.
Bell also outperforms Bush in the majority of demographic categories. A total of 20 percent of African American respondents are undecided, while 35 percent support Bell and 43 percent support Bush.
Bell receives a larger margin of support from white respondents (60 percent) in comparison to the 20 percent of white respondents who express support for Bush.
The support of respondents who classify themselves as “very progressive” is divided between Bush and Bell, with 43% supporting each candidate. In the category of individuals who identify as “somewhat progressive,” Bell has a 27% lead over Bush.
In the realm of self-described moderates and conservatives, Bell maintains a comparable lead over Bush, 52 percent to 23 percent.
The margin of error for the survey was 4.9 percentage points.
The significant peril to Bush’s reelection campaign arises from the emergence of primary challenges to Democratic critics of Israel in districts across the nation.
Bush has consistently expressed his solidarity with the Palestinian people while expressing disapproval towards Israel ever since the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, commenced in October 2023.
The survey additionally examined the perspectives of prospective Democratic voters regarding “the war in the Middle East,” inquiring whether they harbor greater sympathy towards the Palestinians or the Israelis.
Only 21 percent of respondents indicated that they were more sympathetic to the Palestinians, whereas 35 percent said they were more sympathetic to the Israelis and 44 percent were “not sure.”