Quinnipiac Poll: Biden Falters, Harris Surges After First Debate

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Former Vice President Joe Biden dropped in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll of Democratic candidates, while Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., received a spike in support.

Biden dropped from a poll Quinnipiac conducted in June, in which he won 30%, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 19%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., 15%, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg won 8%, and Harris won 7%.

In the latest poll:

  • Biden: 22%.
  • Harris: 20%.
  • Warren: 14%.
  • Sanders: 13%.
  • Buttigieg: 4%.

Quinnipiac notes no other candidate managed more than 3%. The survey also found Harris has just about tied Biden for support among African-American voters, 27% to 31%.

“Round 1 of the Democratic debates puts Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden on two different trajectories, as support for Harris surges but continues to slip for Biden,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow said in a statement. “Biden’s once commanding lead has evaporated. There are other red flags for him in areas where he still leads, including double-digit drops among Democrats and Democratic leaners who view him as the best leader, or as the best candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020.”

Most Democrats and those who lean-Democrat rated Biden as the candidate with the best chance of beating President Donald Trump, though that number has dropped since April, when a poll showed him as the clear frontrunner.

Quinnipiac surveyed 554 Democrats and voters who lean-Democrat across the country from June 28-July 1, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.


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