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

A new national poll from Quinnipiac University finds former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE holding a solid lead over Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBecerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers 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 HarrisEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' WHO: Coronavirus deaths down 20 percent worldwide last week Collins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes MORE (D-Calif.), at 7 percent; South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSenate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau Biden's infrastructure plan needs input from cities and regions MORE (D), at 5 percent; and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangNYC's largest union endorses Maya Wiley in mayoral race Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race Yang hits donation requirements to get city funds in NYC mayor's race 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 SteyerGOP targets ballot initiatives after progressive wins On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting 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.