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 BidenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration 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 SandersRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill The Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' MORE (I-Vt.) with 13 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Surging Sanders looks for decisive win in Nevada Bloomberg to do interview with Al Sharpton MORE (D-Mass.) with 11 percent. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHouse to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration Surging Sanders looks for decisive win in Nevada 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.