Poll: Overwhelming majority of black voters back any 2020 Democrat over Trump

An overwhelming majority of black voters — 85 percent — said in a new Hill-HarrisX poll that they would choose any Democratic presidential candidate over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE.

The survey, which was released on Monday, found this sentiment to be particularly true among black voters along partisan lines.

Ninety-eight percent of black voters who identify as Democrat, and 72 percent of those who identify as independent said they would back whoever ultimately becomes the Democratic nominee over Trump. Just 12 percent of black voters who identify as Republican said the same. 

Black voters are considered a key voting bloc with the Democratic Party, particularly in states like South Carolina where they make up a significant proportion of the electorate.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE, the front-runner in most national polls, remains the top pick among Democratic primary voters in South Carolina.

According to a Fox News poll that came out on Sunday, Biden leads the Democratic field by 29 percentage points in the Palmetto State with 41 percent support. This marks a 6-point increase from July.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) climbed 7 percentage points to 12 percent support, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) fell four percentage points to 10 percent. 

Biden’s sizable lead is largely attributed to his support among black voters in the state.

But recent polling suggests Warren’s overall support is on the rise among this key demographic.

A Quinnipiac poll released earlier this month found that Warren's support among black voters ticked up to 19 percent, a 9-point increase since August.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted among 210 black voters between Sept. 18 and Sept. 23. The margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 6.8 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn