Americans' views of Biden highest among Dem candidates: Gallup

Americans' views of Biden highest among Dem candidates: Gallup
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE remains the most popular Democratic presidential candidate among all Americans, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday. 

About 53 percent of all respondents view Biden favorably, while 35 percent have an unfavorable view. That favorability rating beats out all other Democratic presidential contenders, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Kamala Harris: The outreach Latinos need Biden and Harris seen as more moderate than Trump and Pence: poll MORE (I-Vt.), who comes in second with 46 percent. 


The survey, conducted in April, tested five other Democratic candidates. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides Howard Kurtz: Kamala Harris 'getting walk on water coverage' by media after VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) came in third place with 34 percent favorability, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE (D-Calif.), garnered a 32 percent favorability rating, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Booker hits back at Trump tweet, mocks misspelling of name MORE (D-N.J.) both came in fifth with a 27 percent favorability rating, and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention MORE came in last with 25 percent.

Biden and Sanders also lead the pack in their appeal to Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, getting a 74 percent and 75 percent favorability rating, respectively. They are followed by Warren with 58 percent, Harris with 55 percent, Booker with 45 percent, O’Rourke with 43 percent and Buttigieg with 41 percent. 

The Gallup poll, which was conducted after multiple women accused Biden of inappropriately touching them, suggests the allegations have not significantly hurt his appeal. About 56 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the former vice president in February, reflecting a 3-point drop to May that falls within the new poll’s margin of error. 

His favorability rating dropped with Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents by 6 points from February, edging down from 80 percent to 74 percent.

The Gallup survey reflects other polls consistently depicting Biden and Sanders as the crowded primary field’s top two contenders. As the two well-funded septuagenarians emerge from the pack, they have begun angling their appeals toward the party’s two flanks, with Biden adopting a more centrist tack while Sanders seeks to dominate the primary’s progressive lane.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,024 adults, including 443 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents from April 17-30 and has margins of error of 4 percentage points and 6 percentage points, respectively.