A new poll has made a relatively unsurprising find: College students prefer Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over President Trump for the 2020 presidential election.

In a poll where students were asked to name their presidential preference out of all prospective or current 2020 candidates, including Trump, Biden was the most popular, receiving 18.9%. Sanders came in second, earning 15.1%, while Trump was a close third, receiving 14.7%.

Despite Sanders coming second, about 12.7% of respondents said they are enthusiastic about a socialist presidential candidate, compared to only 4% of the general population.

The poll, released by College Reaction, a polling firm which “captures opinion and news that provide a fast-changing portrait of the United States college and university demographic,” found that although the top three preferred presidential candidates are older than 70 years of age, younger candidates, such as failed Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, polled at 13.6% and 8.4% among college students, respectively.

More surprising was the poll’s finding that 46% and 50% of students surveyed indicated that they were “enthusiastic” about the possibility of a black and female presidential candidate, respectively, because candidates who fit that description didn’t appear to garner much support.

Democratic establishment darlings such as Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J., only managed 5.5% and 2.5%, respectively, in keeping with trends showing a growing dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party among young people.

However, Taiwanese-American Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang was not featured in the poll, even though he has enough donors to qualify for the first two televised debates in the Democratic primary. Some perceive Yang to have a popular following among millennials.

The poll also found that 81.4% of respondents said the investigations into Trump matter to them, a significantly higher portion than that found of voters in the latest midterm election.

College students' preference for Democratic, liberal, or even socialist candidates has been supported by other studies: The Pew Research Center reported in November 2018 that 67% of Americans aged 18-29 said they voted for Democrats in House of Representatives elections during the 2018 midterm elections.

College Reaction obtained its data through an online survey of 1,052 currently-enrolled college students from April 4 to 8. Rather than choosing students at random, the survey used a “customized” approach which allowed all members of a college’s population an equal opportunity to be surveyed.

Because college students are notoriously difficult to poll, owing to their low call response rate, the organization also reached out to students using publicly available information and contacts, offering them a monetary incentive to opt into the survey. The organization cross-checked the demographic information of respondents against college e-mail addresses and overall college demographics to prevent multiple responses and ensure the samples of students were representative of the target population.

Troy Worden is a recent graduate in English and philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was president of the Berkeley College Republicans in 2017.