Poll: More than 60 percent of Democrats want Biden to run for president

Poll: More than 60 percent of Democrats want Biden to run for president
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More than 60 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters in a new CNN poll say former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Lessons from the 1999 U.S. military intervention in Kosovo Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll MORE should run for president in 2020.

The survey, which was conducted by SSRS and released on Wednesday, found that 62 percent of Democratic voters surveyed want Biden to run for the party's presidential nomination.

Meanwhile, 28 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning respondents said Biden should stay out of the presidential race. Ten percent said they had no opinion.

A previous CNN poll, released in October 2015, had shown 47 percent of respondents saying that Biden should run for president.  

The latest survey comes as Biden, who served as vice president under former President Obama, mulls a presidential campaign to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE.

He said last month that he would make a decision on running "soon."

The Democratic presidential field has gradually increased in the last month, with prominent senators like Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Top Dem: 'Certainly a possibility' that Congress will call Barr, Mueller to testify publicly Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche 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 (N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche O'Rourke tests whether do-it-yourself campaign can work on 2020 stage Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC MORE announcing their candidacy. 

Forty-nine percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters said the ability to beat Trump was extremely important to them when deciding on a candidate.

About half of the people who prioritized the ability to beat Trump said they were very likely to support Biden, according to CNN. 

The CNN poll was conducted between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2 among a national population of 1,011 adults, including 477 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. The margin of error for the subsample is 5.6 percentage points.