Biden tops 2020 Dems after week of accusations

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenWarren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college Moulton enters 2020 White House race The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? MORE tops a list of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders in a new survey after a week during which several women said he touched them inappropriately in the past.

In the Morning Consult survey released late Monday, Biden held the support of 32 percent of respondents who intend to participate in the Democratic primaries. The former vice president, who has not officially announced a bid but is widely expected to enter the race, holds a 9-point lead over his closest competitor, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersThe biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone GOP Senate campaign arm hits battleground-state Dems over 'Medicare for All,' Green New Deal Warren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college MORE (I-Vt.).

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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college Moulton enters 2020 White House race The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? MORE (D-Calif.) placed third in the survey, with the support of 9 percent of respondents, just above former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeMoulton enters 2020 White House race The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? Key aides leave O'Rourke's campaign: report MORE (D-Texas), at 8 percent.

One warning sign for Biden is his favorability rating, which has slipped since the accusations began. The percentage who now say they have a "very favorable" view of the vice president stands at 35 percent, down from 41 percent last week. His overall favorability rating, however, dropped by just 1 point.

Biden still has the highest "very favorable" rating of any candidate, with Sanders in second place at 32 percent.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college Buttigieg says quick rise has 'created some challenges' Moulton enters 2020 White House race MORE (D) made gains in the new poll, with support increasing to 5 percent from 3 percent last week. He now leads Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? Booker: Barr's suggestion of spying on Trump campaign 'eroded' public's trust MORE (D-N.J.) by 1 percentage point and trails Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' Warren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college Moulton enters 2020 White House race MORE (D-Mass.) by 2 points.

Morning Consult's survey contacted 13,644 voters between April 1-7. The margin of error is 1 percentage point.