Biden leads Sanders by 8 points in national poll

Biden leads Sanders by 8 points in national poll
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is holding firm atop the Democratic presidential field, leading Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWe are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Overnight Health Care — Biden's Supreme Court setback Republican rep who voted to impeach Trump running for reelection MORE (I) by 8 points in a new national poll.

The Morning Consult survey finds Biden with 31 percent support, followed by Sanders at 23 percent. There has been little change from the same poll conducted last month, which found Biden with a 33 percent to 25 percent lead.

An Emerson University survey released on Monday found Sanders with a 5-point lead over Biden, but every other recent poll has the former vice president in the top spot.

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No other candidate reached double-digit support in the Morning Consult survey.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWe are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Joe Biden's disastrous 48 hours The Hill's Morning Report - For Biden, it goes from bad to worse MORE (D-Calif.) is in third place with 9 percent support, followed by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas) at 8 percent. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWe are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Fed's Brainard faces GOP pressure on climate stances Sanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans MORE (D-Mass.) is tied with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden to tout new bridge program at infrastructure law's 60-day mark Stacey Abrams's shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations President Biden is blaming everyone else for surging inflation  MORE at 7 percent support.

Buttigieg has seen the biggest gain in the 2020 Democratic field, rising from 3 percent support in the same poll from late March.

There is a lot of room for Buttigieg to grow, as 44 percent of Democratic voters polled have never heard of him and 18 percent haven’t formed an opinion on him yet.

But Biden and Sanders are the clear front-runners, with two-thirds of Democratic voters viewing them favorably, according to the poll. No other candidates come close in terms of name recognition or net favorability rating.

Biden is expected to enter the presidential race sometime after Easter. Several women have come forward to say that he made them feel uncomfortable by touching them at public events, but those allegations do not appear to have tarnished his image among Democratic voters.

Biden is the top second choice among supporters of Sanders, Harris and O’Rourke. Sanders is the top second choice among Biden’s supporters.

The Morning Consult survey of 12,550 registered Democrats was conducted between April 8 and April 14 and has a 1 percentage point margin of error.