Biden adds 5 points to lead over 2020 Dem field: poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE (D) has expanded his comfortable lead over the 2020 Democratic primary field since his presidential campaign announcement last month, according to a new poll.

The Reuters/Ipsos survey released Wednesday found that Biden's support among Democratic voters has increased 5 percentage points, up to 29 percent. 


He now leads his only close challenger, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.), by 16 points in the poll. Sanders, at 13 percent, is the only other candidate to register more than 6 percent support among Democratic voters.

Biden trails the Vermont senator among millennial voters, who break for Sanders, 18 percent to 16 percent, over the former vice president, but leads the Vermont senator among all other major demographic groups, according to Reuters.

"[T]here is not a significant anti-Biden bloc of voters split between the other candidates,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said, according to Reuters, adding, “At this moment, Joe Biden is a clear front-runner in the Democratic primary."

Many presidential candidates, including some governors such as Steve BullockSteve BullockStates, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Democratic governors worried about drawn-out 2020 fight MORE (Mont.) and Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Energy: New Interior rule would limit scientific studies agency can consider | Panel battles over tree-planting bill | Trump to resume coal leases on public lands Andrew Yang ends presidential bid Bloomberg, Steyer focus on climate change in effort to stand out MORE (Wash.), were largely unknown by the Democratic electorate, according to the poll, receiving less that 20 percent name recognition among voters.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted on May 10 and May 13, and contacted 1,132 Democrats and left-leaning independents. Its credibility interval is 3 percentage points.