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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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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 BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants 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 WarrenPhilly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans MORE (D-Mass.) climbed 7 percentage points to 12 percent support, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package 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