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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 BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE is holding firm atop the Democratic presidential field, leading Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 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 HarrisSenate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks Empire State Building lights on eve of Biden inauguration to honor COVID-19 victims READ: Harris letter resigning from Senate ahead of inauguration 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 WarrenBiden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP What to watch for in Biden Defense pick's confirmation hearing Biden selects Gensler for SEC chair, Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB MORE (D-Mass.) is tied with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden rolls out group of deputy secretary nominees On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits 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.