Poll: Sanders’ surges, but Biden leads Democratic field

Poll: Sanders’ surges, but Biden leads Democratic field

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Joe Biden, Photo by Doug Christian
Joe Biden, Photo by Doug Christian/TMN

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the Democratic field among primary voters, according to a Morning Consult survey released Tuesday — but Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining support.

Biden (I-Vt.) currently leads Sanders by a 29-27 percent margin per polling conducted Feb. 18-24.

In a previous Morning Consult poll released on Feb. 17, two days before the independent senator declared his candidacy, Sanders trailed Biden, with 21 vs. Biden’s 30 percent.

Bernie Sanders, Photo by Doug Christian
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), (Doug Christian/TMN)

Biden has positioned himself for a potential run, but has not yet thrown his hat into the ring.

In late January, he told CNN that a decision would come soon, but that he is not in a particular rush to announce.

Biden and Sanders are effectively neck-and-neck when it comes to favorability, with 76 percent of Democratic respondents relaying a favorable view of Biden and 75 percent for Sanders.

Sanders ranks slightly higher among those who have unfavorable opinions, with 15 percent to Biden’s 12 percent.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) came in third Tuesday with 10 percent. No other candidates have reached double digits.

The poll was conducted among 15,642 respondents who said they may vote or caucus in the Democratic primary. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.

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