Pollster says voters associate Biden with electability

Pollster Mallory Newall told Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" on Monday that voters associate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE most with being an electable candidate. 

"Right now, what people are thinking about in terms of Joe Biden is electability," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told host Jamal Simmons. 

"We did some polling recently to ask about people's priorities for the 2020 race. What sort of traits are important in a candidate when thinking about who to vote for, and then which of the top leading candidates most embody those," she continued. 

"Joe Biden far and wide is seen as the one who can beat Trump in the general election," she said. 

Recent polling shows the former vice president defeating President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE in hypothetical match-ups. 

A CNN survey, released last month, shows Biden leading Trump 51 percent to 45 percent. 

Trump has ramped up his attacks on Biden in recent weeks, including criticism on Wednesday after a firefighters union endorsed the former vice president, suggesting he could see the former vice president as a major threat at the outset of the 2020 race.

— Julia Manchester