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Biden has 15-point lead over Democratic primary field: poll

Biden has 15-point lead over Democratic primary field: poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE has a 15-point lead in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field, according to a new USC Dornsife–Los Angeles Times poll released Wednesday.

Biden has the support of 28 percent of American adults surveyed, followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE (I-Vt.) with 13 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.) with 11 percent. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE (D) round out the top five with 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

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Another 24 percent of Americans said they are undecided.

The numbers are relatively steady from the same poll conducted in July, which found Biden with 27 percent support, Sanders at 11 percent and Warren at 10 percent.

Biden has consistently polled at the top of nearly all national and statewide surveys, though he has recently seen his lead winnow as Warren continues to enjoy a bump in the polls.

But the Massachusetts Democrat found her saw her support dip among key demographics, coming in at 9 percent among whites who did not graduate from college, 6 percent among nongraduates of all races, 3 percent among all African Americans and 7 percent among Hispanics.

Warren “can’t have 6% of people without college degrees for her” and win, said Bob Shrum, director of the University of Southern California's Center for the Political Future, which co-sponsored the poll. “She needs to build that up.”

Among the top three candidates, Democrats and those who lean Democratic see Biden’s views as slightly more conservative than their own and Warren’s as slightly more liberal, though view Sanders’s ideas as significantly further to their left. Harris was the most closely aligned ideologically with Democrats and those who lean Democratic. 

Biden, however, has an advantage in the field among Independents and undecided voters, who view him as the candidate most closely aligned with their opinions.

The latest USC Dornsife–Los Angeles Times poll was conducted from Aug. 12 to Sept. 8 among 5,367 adult American citizens, including 2,462 who said they planned to vote in a Democratic primary, and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points for both the full sample and the Democratic subsample.