Poll: Biden tops possible 2020 Dems in favorability rating

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll 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 ClintonTrump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Democrats fret over Trump cash machine 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 SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 Democrats in New Hampshire Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats by 13 points, followed by Sanders, Warren and Harris MORE (D-Texas) and Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses Hillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei 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 CruzGoogle official denies allegations of ties to China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book 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 BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Schumer throws support behind bill to study reparations MORE (N.J.), former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet 'Game of Thrones' scores record-breaking 32 Emmy nominations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (Mass.).

Respondents were nearly split on Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine 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 TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE has a negative approval rating, with 56 percent of voters viewing him unfavorably and 40 percent viewing him favorably.