Biden tops 2020 Dems after week of accusations

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenButtigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now 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 SandersBernie SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE (I-Vt.).

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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Buttigieg condemns 'voices on Fox' for spreading 'fear' and 'lies' ahead of town hall appearance MORE (D-Calif.) placed third in the survey, with the support of 9 percent of respondents, just above former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTrump hits Fox News for 'wasting airtime' with coverage of Buttigieg Overnight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights Overnight Energy: Dems dismiss Interior chief's work calendars as 'fake' | Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax | Poll finds growing number say climate is crucial 2020 issue 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 ButtigiegButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (D-N.J.) by 1 percentage point and trails Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Warren offers to help Twitter user with her love life 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.