Americans' views of Biden dip since 2017, still high: Gallup

Americans' views of Biden dip since 2017, still high: Gallup
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Gallup on Thursday said that recent polling shows respondents’ views of 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 have slipped since he left office, but the overall numbers still remain high as he contemplates a 2020 White House bid.

More than half of those surveyed — 56 percent — have a favorable opinion about Biden, the pollsters found. Approximately 8 in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents view Biden positively. By comparison, almost 1 in 3 Republicans and Republican leaners view him favorably.

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The former vice president’s popularity peaked at 61 percent in January 2017, Gallup noted.

The polling giant said Biden’s high profile and overall popularity would arguably make him the presumptive front-runner in the 2020 field.

It noted that respondents had similar views of Biden and Vermont 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), who officially announced his second presidential candidacy last month. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed had a favorable opinion of Sanders when Gallup last asked about it in September.

Gallup also noted that the unfavorable ratings of five other Democratic contenders — Sens. 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.), 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 (Calif.), 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.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats ask for details on threats against election workers On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (Minn.) and 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.) — exceed their favorable rating by between 2 and 8 percentage points in the new poll.

Sources close to Biden, 76, told The Hill earlier this month that the former vice president is almost certain to enter the race.

Last week, he said he was in the “final stages” of decisionmaking.

Gallup surveyed 1,932 adults between Feb. 12-28 for its latest poll. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.