Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 8 points nationally

Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 8 points nationally

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Booker takes swipe at Biden criminal justice reform plan Panel: Has Joe Biden been wrong on everything for 40 years? MORE leads Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (I-Vt.) by 8 points in a new national survey, a smaller margin than what other recent polls have found. 

The latest Emerson Polling survey found Biden taking 33 percent, followed by Sanders at 25 percent. Still, that’s a 13-point swing in favor of Biden over the previous Emerson survey from April, which was conducted before Biden officially joined the race. 

Biden leads Sanders by 23.5 points in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls.

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Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (D-Mass.) are tied for third place in the Emerson survey, with each getting 10 percent support. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration Nashville radio host blocked by employer from airing his interview with Buttigieg MORE (D) is at 8 percent support.

No other candidate has more than 3 percent support in the poll.

A majority of likely Democratic primary voters, 56 percent, say they remain open to changing their minds about who they support.

However, a majority of voters who support Biden and Sanders, 52 percent and 54 percent respectively, say they’ve firmly made a decision. Support for the other contenders is softer, with only 33 percent of Harris supporters, 27 percent of Buttigieg supporters and 20 percent of Warren backers saying there’s no chance they will change their minds.

A survey released on Monday found that Sanders’s support among young voters is on the decline, but the Emerson poll found him leading by 30 points over Biden among voters aged 18 to 29. Sanders leads Biden overall among voters under the age of 50, while Biden has a commanding lead over Sanders among voters over the age of 50.

The Emerson College survey of 429 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted May 10–13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.