Biden leads CNN poll, but Harris, Sanders on the rise

Biden leads CNN poll, but Harris, Sanders on the rise
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE is leading a new CNN poll of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents that also shows increasing support for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal An ally in the White House is good for abortion access, but not enough MORE (D-Calif.).

Biden, who has yet to enter the Democratic presidential race, is out in front with 28 percent of those polled. In second place is Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity MORE (I-Vt.), who is backed by 20 percent of voters.

But support for Harris in the poll has jumped to 12 percent, an 8-point increase since the most recent edition of the poll was released in December.


Following Harris is former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) at 11 percent. O’Rourke launched his presidential campaign last week.

No other candidate received double-digit support in the poll. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStudent loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Mass.) is in fifth with 6 percent of support, according to the poll.

Biden's support dropped from 30 percent to 28 percent, while Sanders's support rose from 14 percent to 20 percent. 

O'Rourke also saw a two-point climb from the last poll, while Warren went up from 3 percent to 6 percent.

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Paris Agreement: Biden's chance to restore international standing Kerry promises Europeans Biden will seek to make up time on climate action MORE (D), who has yet to enter the race, gets 4 percent, while Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDemocrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration MORE (D-N.J.), who is in the race, has 3 percent.

A more centrist candidate, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Do Democrats really want unity? Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts MORE of Minnesota (D), also gets 3 percent.

No other candidate in the race has more than 1 percent. That group includes Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats torn on impeachment trial timing OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban MORE (D-N.Y.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting MORE (D-Hawaii) and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

Those results are based based on interviews with 456 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents between March 14 and March 17. The margin of error is 5.7 percentage points.

The CNN poll also found that 40 percent of respondents are "extremely enthusiastic" about voting for president in 2020. The enthusiasm is higher among Republicans, with 57 percent of self-identified Republicans responding that they are "extremely enthusiastic," compared to 46 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents.

The full CNN poll was based on interviews with 1,003 adults between March 14 and March 17. The full sample has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points. 

The majority of Republicans also said they think the GOP should nominate President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE in 2020, with 76 percent saying Trump should be the nominee and 19 percent saying a different candidate should be nominated.