Poll: Biden holds large lead over 2020 Dems in Pennsylvania

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRussia says 24 diplomats asked by U.S. to leave by September Biden discusses Canadian citizens detained in China with Trudeau Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE leads the field of Democrats running for the 2020 presidential nomination in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll released Friday.

In the Emerson College survey, Biden leads in the state he was born in by 19 points with the support of 39 percent of voters, despite not having yet announced a bid for the presidency.


Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries This week: Senate starts infrastructure sprint Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE (I-Vt.) is in second place in the poll, with the support of 20 percent of Pennsylvania voters, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAmerica's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans MORE (D-Mass.) holds third place, with 11 percent.

In fourth place is South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Chasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' MORE (D) with 6 percent. Buttigieg has surged recently in several polls.

Sanders leads Biden in voters ages 18-29 and trails the former vice president among older voters, according to the poll.

Emerson College pollsters said that both Sanders and Buttigieg have shown consistent strength in polls this year, but noted that the two had a long way to go if Biden announces a bid for the White House.

“Sanders in this years [sic] state polling is consistently keeping between 35 percent to 60 percent of his vote from 2016, suggesting he has a strong base of supporters to work with," poll director Spencer Kimball said.

"Mayor Pete has performed well for our third poll in a row, indicating an increase in support for the South Bend Mayor, though Pennsylvania looks like it could be a Joe Biden firewall,” he added.

Emerson College's poll surveyed 808 registered voters in Pennsylvania from March 26 to 28, and the margin of error for the sample of Democratic voters is plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.