Biden 39% Sanders 20% Warren 8% Harris 6%

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the top choice for 39% of Democratic voters and Democratic leaning Independents. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that Senator Bernie Sanders is preferred by 20% followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren at 8% and Senator Kamala Harris at 6%.

Supplemental data shows that Biden was one of the top 3 picks for 66% of these voters. Sanders was in the top three for 51%. Data released earlier showed that more than 70% of Democrats would be satisfied with any of those hopefuls.

The survey of 2,207 Democratic voters and Democratic leaning Independents was conducted from May 8-13, 2019. Regardless of who they want to win, 60% expect that Biden will be the party’s nominee.

Our previous survey found Biden leading Sanders by a 33% to 16% margin. These results are not directly comparable because earlier surveys did not include Independents. Additionally, the question wording is not the same as the previous survey. Among Democrats only, the latest survey shows Biden leading Sanders 40% to 19% (see full crosstab results).

Biden is currently the only Democrat who leads President Trump in general election match-ups. He also leads all Democratic candidates in terms of Social Media support.

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The national survey of 2,207 Registered Democrats and Democratic Leaning Independents was conducted May 8-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com 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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After formally entering the race last week, former Vice President Joe Biden is now enjoying his biggest lead in the race for the Democratic nomination. A ScottRasmussen.com survey of 741 Registered Democrats shows that Biden is on top with 33% of the vote, more than double the 16% support earned by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is a distant third at 6%. Three candidates–Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke all pick up 5% of the vote .

ScottRasmussen.com also monitors the social media chatter about the Democratic hopefuls on a daily basis. At time of this survey, Biden was enjoying a solid bounce in social media support and has doubled his nearest opponents.

Biden’s lead is a bit bigger than it was a month ago and two months ago. His support was at 27% in early March, 29% in late March and 33% today. Over that same period of time, Sanders support slipped from 19% to 18% to 16%.

Biden is viewed favorably by 74% of all Democrats and unfavorably by 16%. For Sanders the numbers are 72% favorable and 16% unfavorable. Warren gets positive reviews from 58% and negative assessments from 18% (see crosstab results).

Other contenders are less well known. Buttigieg has enjoyed strong social media support and positive media coverage. However, half of all Democrats (50%) have either never heard of him or don’t know enough to form an opinion. Forty percent (40%) have a favorable opinion of “Mayor Pete” while 10% hold an unfavorable view.

Among all voters nationwide, Biden is viewed favorably by 48% and unfavorably by 36%. Sanders numbers are 47% positive and 40% negative.

In general election match-ups, Biden continues to lead President Trump. He performs better than any other Democrat at this point in time. New general election match-up data will be released later this week.

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We also provide daily updates on the president’s job approval and the generic congressional ballot. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).

Please follow our work on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

The national survey of 741 Registered Democratic Voters was conducted April 26-28, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.7 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

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