Poll: Biden tops possible 2020 Dems in favorability rating

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Stacey Abrams: Barr's Mueller letter 'like having your brother summarize your report card' Abrams launches 'Fair Vote' nonprofit ahead of 2020 census MORE has the best favorability rating among a group of leading potential Democratic presidential contenders, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed that 53 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Biden, compared with 33 percent who have an unfavorable view.

Biden is the only possible 2020 candidate in the poll who has a favorability rating better than 50 percent. 

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI Why Mueller's hedge on obstruction decision was a mistake Giuliani says news media treat Dems better than GOP MORE, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has the highest unfavorable score among the candidates, with 61 percent of respondents saying they view her negatively. 

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Treason narrative collapses; who bears responsibility? Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report MORE (D-Texas) and Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownGreen New Deal vote tests Dem unity in Senate Trump mounts Rust Belt defense Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses MORE (D-Ohio) are the only candidates other than Biden included in the poll whom more voters view favorably than unfavorably.

“For Democrats gearing up for 2020, it’s Biden and Bernie, with Beto looking for a foothold and Hillary wondering if the train has finally left the station,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. 

The poll's results are based on surveys of 1,147 voters, with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

For Sanders, 44 percent of poll voters view him favorably and 42 percent view him unfavorably.

A majority of voters — 55 percent — said they don't know enough to have formed an opinion about O'Rourke, who last month lost a Senate bid against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNunes on Mueller report: 'We can just burn it up' 18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report Lawmakers clash over whether conclusion of Mueller investigation signals no collusion MORE (R-Texas). But of those who do, 24 percent view O'Rourke favorably and 20 percent view him unfavorably, the poll found. 

A wide majority of voters also don't know much about Brown, with 77 percent saying they haven't heard enough about him. Twelve percent of voters say they view him favorably and 9 percent say they view him unfavorably.

Democrats with net-negative favorability ratings include Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerNew Jersey set to cancel vote to legalize recreational marijuana Jam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Poll: Biden, Sanders lead Trump in Iowa MORE (N.J.), former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Klobuchar pressing Barr on release of Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump MORE (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC Poll: Biden, Sanders lead Trump in Iowa MORE (Mass.).

Respondents were nearly split on Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC Ex-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 MORE, another leading contender, with 20 percent saying they view her favorably and 22 percent viewing her unfavorably. The remaining voters said they don't know enough about her to have an opinion.  

The poll also found that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE has a negative approval rating, with 56 percent of voters viewing him unfavorably and 40 percent viewing him favorably.