Biden trounces other 2020 candidates in poll of black Democrats

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected BuzzFeed News finds Biden's private Venmo account Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 MORE trounces his 2020 presidential primary competitors in support among black Democrats, according to a national Washington Post-Ipsos poll released Saturday. 

Forty-eight percent of black Democrats back the former vice president, outpacing his nearest competitor by 28 points. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy MORE (I-Vt.) comes in second with 20 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy Warren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' MORE (D-Mass.) with 9 percent.

Biden's firewall among African American voters has helped him maintain high levels of support in national and early state polls. 


However, the poll also shows signs of strength for Sanders among younger black Democrats, as he is leading Biden 42 percent to 30 percent among African Americans under the age of 35. The Vermont Independent has long banked on strong support from younger Democrats. Biden, however, leads Sanders by a 41 percent to 16 percent margin among black Democrats ages 35 to 49 and gets a whopping 68 percent support among those aged 65 and older. 

The poll flashes warning signs for several other top- and middle-tier candidates who have thus far failed to gain traction among the crucial voting bloc.

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegInfrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored MORE, who has posted strong showings in largely white Iowa and New Hampshire but polls far weaker in South Carolina, hits only 2 percent in the poll. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Klobuchar offers tribute to her father, who died Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE (D-Minn.) receives less than 1 percent support from black Democrats. 

The poll is one of the most comprehensive to date of a demographic that typically plays an outsize role in determining the Democratic presidential nominee. Biden gets the support of 58 percent of black Democrats in the South, a region with disproportionately high numbers of African Americans that helped propel both Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 Obama shares video of him visiting Maryland vaccination site GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record MORE to the presidential nominations in 2008 and 2016. 

African Americans surveyed by the Post pointed to Biden’s association with Obama and his perceived electability as the chief reasons for their support.


Biden “is the candidate that can try to get this country back on track, because we are way out of control,” said Eula Woodberry, a retired school district budget analyst in Dallas. “He’s levelheaded. I think he’s experienced, and I think he will look at the big picture. ... He’s the type of person who can serve as the nucleus to bring people back together.”

“You know he was vice president under Obama. You know his experience. I trust him. I believe him. I think he’s the only person among the Democrats who can defeat Trump,” agreed Edward Phillips.

The Post-Ipsos poll surveyed 1,088 non-Hispanic black adults from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.