Poll: GOP voters drawn to Biden more than other 2020 Democrats

Republican voters are more drawn to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE than to the rest of the candidates in the crowded Democratic presidential primary field, according to a new nationwide survey.

The Hill-HarrisX poll released Monday shows that 33 percent of GOP respondents named Biden as the Democratic candidate who came the closest to sharing their political views.

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe economic challenges facing Jerome Powell and Joe Biden Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Democrats are sleepwalking towards electoral disaster in 2022 MORE received the second-highest support among Republican voters at 30 percent and 28 percent thought Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Restless progressives eye 2024 MORE (I-Vt.) better aligned with their views.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Restless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHarris, Buttigieg to promote infrastructure law in Charlotte 'Fox & Friends Weekend' hosts suggest new variant meant to distract from Biden's struggles Buttigieg: Families who buy electric vehicles 'never have to worry about gas prices again' MORE both garnered 26 percent of respondents who said the candidates closely shared their values.

Biden, the front-runner in most national polls, has long sought to position himself as the most electable challenger to President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE.

The former vice president has often argued that he is the only candidate who can unseat Trump and has pointed to polling that shows him beating the president in 2020.

Last month, Biden sent out a fundraising email to supporters citing a Times-Siena College poll showing him ahead in a hypothetical 2020 match-up with Trump in key swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and Wisconsin while Warren and Sanders trailed.

"This speaks for itself," Biden’s campaign said in the fundraising email. "If Joe Biden wins the primary, he can beat Trump in a general election. Other candidates can’t."

However, what Biden’s fundraising email didn’t highlight was the fact that Sanders led Trump by 3 points in Michigan, tied with him in Wisconsin and narrowly trailed him in Pennsylvania. The email also failed to note that Trump led all three Democrats in the poll in North Carolina.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted among 1,000 registered voters between Dec. 13-14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn