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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues 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 SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (I-Vt.), who comes in second with 46 percent. 

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The survey, conducted in April, tested five other Democratic candidates. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-Mass.) came in third place with 34 percent favorability, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-Calif.), garnered a 32 percent favorability rating, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — CBO officials testify on pros and cons of 'Medicare for All' | Booker vows to form White House office on abortion rights | Measles outbreak spreads with cases now in half the country MORE (D-N.J.) both came in fifth with a 27 percent favorability rating, and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues 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.