Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 21 points

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE holds a commanding lead over the rest of the 2020 Democratic presidential field, according to a new Morning Consult poll

The survey, which was released Monday night, found that 40 percent of likely Democratic primary voters favor Biden over the expansive 2020 field. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Sanders: Progressives will work to 'rally the American people' if Biden wins MORE (I-Vt.) is a distant second, with 19 percent of Democratic voters saying they are in favor of him. 


Eight percent of respondents said they would support Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Biden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver MORE (D-Mass.), while 7 percent said they'd favor Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Obama says he voted by mail: 'It's not as tough as a lot of folks think' Clean energy opportunities in a time of crisis MORE (D-Calif.). South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE (D) came in fifth, with 6 percent of Democratic primary voters saying they'd support him. 

The latest Morning Consult survey shows that Biden has gained support since officially launching his presidential campaign in late April. He's jumped 10 points in the poll since his April 25 launch, Morning Consult found. 

Meanwhile, Morning Consult reported that Sanders experienced a 5-point slide since Biden announced his candidacy. 

Buttigieg has also experienced a 3-point dip since Biden's launch. 

Morning Consult noted that Biden's large lead over Sanders expands when accounting only Democratic primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the first four states to hold presidential primaries or caucuses. 

Forty-four percent of survey respondents in the early primary states said they'd support Biden, while 20 percent said they'd support Sanders. 

Polls appear to show that Biden and Sanders are the current favorites among the 2020 Democratic field. But recent polls have also shown Biden with a solid lead over the Independent senator. A Harvard CAPS–Harris Poll survey released last week showed Biden with a 30-point lead against Sanders. 

The Morning Consult poll was conducted from April 29 to May 5 among a national population of 15,770 likely Democratic primary voters. It has a margin of error of 1 percentage point.