Biden Viewed Favorably By 78% of Democrats, Sanders By 72%, Warren by 64%

Round three of the Democratic presidential debates had little impact on perceptions of the leading candidates, but may have significantly hurt the prospects of three lesser known candidates.

A post-debate national survey found former Vice President Joe Biden is viewed favorably by 78% of Registered Democrats nationwide and unfavorably by 14%. That net rating of +64 is up just slightly from a pre-debate net of +60.

Senator Bernie Sanders is now viewed favorably by 72% of Democrats and unfavorably by 19%, for a net rating of +53. That’s down slightly from pre-debate numbers.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is the only other candidate to routinely achieve double digit support in national polling. She is now viewed favorably by 64% of Registered Democrats and unfavorably by 15% for a net rating of +49. That number has barely budged.

While numbers for the frontrunners remained stable, Julian Castro, Andrew Yang, and Amy Klobuchar each saw their net ratings fall by double digits after the debate.


Among all voters nationwide, Biden is viewed favorably by 51% and unfavorably by 37%.  Sanders is viewed positively by 46% positive and  negatively by 42%. Warren generates a positive reaction from 40% and negative reviews from 36% of all voters.  Other contenders are less well known and have slightly lower net ratings.

Among voters who Definitely plan to vote in their state’s Democratic caucus or primary, Biden earns favorable ratings from 84%, Warren from 74%, and Sanders from 73%.

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The national survey of 2,001 Registered Voters was conducted September 14-16, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-2.2 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence. The survey included 740 Registered Democrats. Results based upon that group alone have a +/- 3.6 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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