Biden One of Top Three Picks for 66% of Dems; Sanders for 51%

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Democratic voters and Democratic leaning Independents rate former Vice President Joe Biden as one of their top three picks in the race for the party’s presidential nomination. A national survey found that 51% say the same about Senator Bernie Sanders.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is a top three pick for 33% while Senator Kamala Harris is selected by 29%. Further back are former Congressman Beto O’Rourke at 19%, Senator Cory Booker at 18%, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 16%. No other Democratic hopeful reaches double digits (see full results).

Biden is currently the first choice for 39% followed by Sanders at 20%, Warren at 8% and Harris at 6%. Data released earlier showed that more than 70% would be satisfied with any of these candidates as the party’s nominee.

These results set the stage for the first Democratic debate. Scheduled for next month, the event is likely to feature a strong effort by many contenders to try and dent Biden’s lead. Sanders, Warren, and Harris are all well positioned to gain ground if the frontrunner stumbles. For all the other candidates in the race, the debate will offer a relatively rare opportunity to make an impression and enter the top tier before voting begins in early 2019.

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The national survey of 2,207 Registered Democrats and Democratic Leaning Independents was conducted May 8-13, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The sample included 1,851 Democrats and 356 Independents. It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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