Poll: Biden tops possible 2020 Dems in favorability rating

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms 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 ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has the highest unfavorable score among the candidates, with 61 percent of respondents saying they view her negatively. 


Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate America can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSupport for governors sliding in states without vaccine mandates: survey Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any 'entity in Texas' Abbott disapproval rating up 8 points to 59 percent in San Antonio area: poll MORE (D-Texas) and Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownAmerica can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Building back better by investing in workers and communities 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 CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' 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 BookerSenate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Senators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products MORE (N.J.), former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Energy & Environment — Biden makes return to pre-Trump national monument boundaries official Biden signs bill to help victims of 'Havana syndrome' Lawmakers using leadership PACs as 'slush funds' to live lavish lifestyles: report MORE (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAmerica can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Misguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon MORE (Mass.).

Respondents were nearly split on Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia Harris to highlight drought, climate change in Nevada trip Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair 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 TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE has a negative approval rating, with 56 percent of voters viewing him unfavorably and 40 percent viewing him favorably.