Joe Biden leads 2020 Democratic field as Bernie Sanders slips: Poll

May 17, 2019 GMT

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. leads his 2020 Democratic rivals, with support ticking up since he announced his presidential run last month, according to a Fox News poll released on Thursday.

Mr. Biden was the preference of 35 percent of Democratic primary voters in the Fox News survey. Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont was the next closest, at 17 percent.

In a March poll, Mr. Biden had led with 31 percent, with Mr. Sanders at 23 percent.

In the new poll, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was in third at 9 percent; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was next at 6 percent; and Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California followed at 5 percent.


Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas was at 4 percent; Sen. Cory A. Booker of New Jersey was at 3 percent; former Obama administration official Julin Castro of Texas and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota were at 2 percent apiece; and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, author Marianne Williamson, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang were all at 1 percent.

In a hypothetical head-to-head match-up, Mr. Biden led President Trump by 11 points, 49 percent to 38 percent.

Mr. Sanders led Mr. Trump by 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent, and Ms. Warren led him by 2 points, 43 percent to 41 percent.

Ms. Harris and Mr. Trump were tied at 41 percent apiece, and Mr. Trump edged Mr. Buttigieg by 1 point, 41 percent to 40 percent.

Thirty-eight percent of voters said they would reelect Mr. Trump if the election were today, while 54 percent said they would support someone else. That’s about in line with numbers from December.

The survey of 1,008 registered voters was conducted May 11-14 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The margin of error was 4.5 points for a smaller pool of Democratic primary voters.