Poll: Biden's support drops among black voters

Poll: Biden's support drops among black voters

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Susan Rice: Trump picks Putin over troops 'even when it comes to the blood of American service members' Does Donald Trump even want a second term? MORE's support among black voters has slid, but he still holds a double-digit lead against his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a new poll.

A Morning Consult survey released on Tuesday finds Biden in the lead with the support of 31 percent of Democratic primary voters nationwide, followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.) at 19 percent, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents MORE (Calif.) at 14 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (Mass.) at 13 percent.

The 7-point drop for Biden in the past three weeks comes as Harris has improved by 8 points in that time. Support for Sanders and Warren is unchanged in Morning Consult polling.

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Biden’s loss of support is almost wholly attributable to softer support from black voters. The former vice president lost 8 points among that key constituency, while Harris picked up 7 points.

At the first Democratic debate in late June, Harris hammered Biden over remarks he made about having found common ground working with segregationists in the Senate decades ago. And she challenged Biden over his past opposition to a federal busing law aimed at integrating schools.

Still, Biden remains the top choice among black voters, with 38 percent support, followed by Sanders at 21 percent, Harris at 16 percent and Warren at 7 percent. 

The Morning Consult online survey of 16,599 potential Democratic primary voters was conducted between July 1 and July 7 and has a 1 percentage point margin of error.