Biden holds big lead over 2020 Democrats in two new national polls

White House hopeful Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE holds big leads over the Democratic primary field in two national polls released Tuesday.

Emerson's latest poll found the former vice president was the top choice of 33 percent of likely Democratic voters, 13 points ahead of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.), who placed second with 20 percent support.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) finished third in the survey at 14 percent support. 


While Sanders gained 5 points since Emerson's last survey, Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE (D-Calif.) fell 4 points to 11 percent.

The only other candidates above 3 percent were South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work MORE at 6 percent and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) at 4 percent.

Morning Consult's weekly survey also found Biden as the top choice of voters at 33 percent, leading Sanders, who also placed second in this survey with 18 percent support, 15 points behind Biden. 

Warren at 13 percent and Harris at 12 percent were in a close race for third in this survey as well.

Buttigieg at 5 percent, O'Rourke at 3 percent and Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerObama says reparations 'justified' Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D-N.J.) at 3 percent were the only other candidates above 2 percent.

The polls come just before 20 of the Democratic candidates are set to take the stage for the second primary debate, with 10 participating on Tuesday night and another 10 participating on Wednesday night.

The polls taken together show Biden recovering from a polling dip after the first presidential debate, where he was widely seen as having delivered an uneven performance.

Harris, whose questioning of Biden on federally mandated busing during the debate drew headlines, has fallen slightly but still gained from her predebate position.

Sanders also seems to have moved up in the weeks following the debate. 

Emerson surveyed 520 Democratic primary voters between July 27 and July 29, with a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

Morning Consult surveyed 16,959 registered voters who may vote in the primary between July 22 and July 28, with a margin of error of 1 percentage point.

A Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday has a similar distribution of the top four candidates' support. 

This report was updated at 11:31 a.m.