Biden Leads in New CBS Poll, But Faces Enthusiasm Gap

July 22, 2019by Ros Krasny
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Joe Biden delivers an address highlighting his foreign policy issues at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York in New York, N.Y. on July 11, 2019. Biden addressed topics including the U.S.'s responsibility to be a leader in the world, commitment to NATO, and ending the "forever wars" in the Middle East. (Jason Bergman/Sipa USA/TNS)

Joe Biden remains the top choice among Democratic voters in states that will hold early presidential primary and caucus contests in 2020, as four main contenders emerged as the top tier of the large field, a new CBS News poll showed Sunday.

Biden had 25% support as voters’ first choice for Democratic nominee, with Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 20% and Kamala Harris of California at 16%, gaining ground on the former vice president. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was fourth in the survey with 15% support. No other candidate reached double-digit support in the poll.

Biden continued to benefit from his perceived electability against President Trump in the general election, and 85% cited his time as former President Barack Obama’s vice president as a reason for considering him.

Still, there’s an enthusiasm gap for Biden among some primary voters, the poll found. A majority of Democrats surveyed, 56%, said Warren would fight “a great deal” for people like them, and 54% said the same of Sanders. Only 38% described Biden that way.

The CBS poll was conducted July 9-18 by YouGov. A sample of 18,550 registered voters were polled in 18 states that will hold Democratic primaries or caucuses before and on March 3, known as Super Tuesday. The sample included 8,760 self-identified Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, and the margin of error was about plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.

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