Harris making gains among Dems: poll

Harris making gains among Dems: poll
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-Calif.) has seen her poll numbers rise among Democrats since she announced her bid for the White House, according to a poll released Wednesday.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that 10 percent of the Democratic voters surveyed said Harris is their preferred candidate, up 3 points from 7 percent in a survey at the start of January.

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Harris ranked third in the poll among potential Democratic presidential candidates, behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 'Forever war' slogans short-circuit the scrutiny required of national security choices MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (I-Vt.).

Health care seems to be a focus of those surveyed.

The poll found that 57 percent of Democrats said they would be more likely to support a candidate who is in favor of "Medicare for all." Less than a quarter of Democrats said they would be less likely to support a candidate who backs Medicare for all over preserving the Affordable Care Act, according to the poll.

Harris, who on Jan. 21 announced her plans to run for president, shifted the conversation around Medicare for all when she embraced the concept during a Monday town hall event in Iowa. The senator suggested that the country should consider getting rid of private insurance to make the program work.

Some prospective presidential candidates, including Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg, have criticized the concept. The former Starbucks CEO and former New York City mayor both suggested the proposal would not be affordable.

Wednesday's poll surveyed 1,997 voters from Jan. 25-27. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

A number of Democrats have already entered the 2020 race or formed exploratory committees, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Sanders unveils plan to double union membership in first term The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll MORE (D-N.Y.), and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

The field is expected to grow in the coming months, with Biden, Sanders, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-N.J.) and Bloomberg among those weighing a bid for the Democratic nomination.