Two new polls show Biden with big edge on Warren, Sanders

A new national poll from Quinnipiac University finds former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE holding a solid lead over Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn Washington, the road almost never taken Senate poised to battle over Biden's pick of big bank critic Treasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn Washington, the road almost never taken Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary race.

The Quinnipiac results were similar to another poll released Wednesday by USA Today–Suffolk University that also had Biden in the lead.

Biden won 32 percent in the Quinnipiac poll, compared to 19 percent for Warren and 15 percent for Sanders.

No other candidate registered double-digit support.


In the Suffolk poll, the former vice president led with 32 percent support, a healthy 18 points ahead of Warren. Sanders was the only other candidate with double digit support at 12 percent.

The Quinnipiac survey also showed a rather static race. Warren dropped 2 points from Quinnipiac's survey earlier this month, while Sanders gained 1 point. 

The two polls are the latest to show Biden with a healthy lead in national polling. 

They come after a survey by Monmouth earlier this week pointed to a tighter race between the three candidates. Biden's campaign argued the Monmouth poll was an outlier, noting it had a small sample size of Democratic voters.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE (D-Calif.), at 7 percent; South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE (D), at 5 percent; and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang's new party will be called 'The Forward Party' Andrew Yang planning to launch third party: report Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE, at 3 percent, are they only other candidates to receive above 1 percent support in the Quinnipiac poll

In the Suffolk poll, Harris, Buttigieg and Yang also occupied the next tier, scoring between 3 and 6 percent support. No other candidates cleared 2 percent.

The two polls are bad news for two other candidates, billionaire activist Tom SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election MORE and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardProgressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition YouTube rival Rumble strikes deals with Tulsi Gabbard, Glenn Greenwald MORE (D-Hawaii). 

Neither won 2 percent in either poll. That's the threshold under rules established by the Democratic National Committee to qualify for the next Democratic debate. Candidates must get at least 2 percent in four qualifying polls in addition to getting 130,000 donors to qualify. Steyer needs just one more poll to qualify, while Gabbard needs two more polls. The deadline for meeting those qualifications for the September debate is Wednesday.

Quinnipiac surveyed 648 Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic from Aug. 21 to 26 by landline and cellphone. The margin of error for the sample is 4.6 percentage points.

Suffolk University surveyed 424 registered voters planning to vote in the Democratic primaries Aug. 20–25 by landline or cellphone. The margin of error for that sample is 4.96 percentage points.