Biden tops Sanders by 6 points nationally: CNN poll

Biden tops Sanders by 6 points nationally: CNN poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE leads his closest challenger in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.), by 6 percentage points, according to a poll released Thursday by CNN.

The poll found Biden with the support of 26 percent of Democratic primary voters surveyed, followed by Sanders with 20 percent. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) came in third with 16 percent, followed by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE at 8 percent and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE at 5 percent. Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll MORE and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots MORE (D-Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Politicians mourn the death of Bill Withers MORE (D-N.J.) are tied at 3 percent each, according to the survey.

CNN noted that Biden led the same poll with 33 percent support about a year ago, but has dipped since then, while Sanders has risen in the same period from 14 percent. Warren had 4 percent last December, the network added.

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Pollsters also found satisfaction with the Democratic field has decreased since June, when 38 percent of respondents said they were “very satisfied,” compared to 31 percent in the latest survey. 

The survey also found increased enthusiasm among voters, with half of registered voters now saying they are very enthusiastic about voting for president in 2020, an all-time high since CNN began polling the question in 2003. Enthusiasm among Democrats has increased from 46 percent to 58 percent in a month, while Republican enthusiasm increased 7 points to 59 percent.

The poll also found a reduced percentage of Democratic voters — now 47 percent — who say their top priority is a candidate’s capacity to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE compared to their stances on political issues. Eleven percent said electability and positions are of equal importance, another all-time high.

Forty percent say they consider Biden to be the candidate best positioned to beat Trump, followed by Sanders, who 16 percent said was best. On the question of political issues, 28 percent said Sanders agrees with their views on important issues, followed by 19 percent who chose Biden.

SSRS conducted the poll from Dec. 12-15 among a random national survey of 1,005 adults, including 408 registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.