Sanders gaining ground on Biden with black voters: poll

Sanders gaining ground on Biden with black voters: poll
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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.) is closing the gap between him and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE when it comes to black voters, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal national poll.

Among black Democratic primary voters surveyed, 31 percent said they back Biden, while 29 percent said they back Sanders, which fell well within the poll's margin of error.

The black voting bloc is a demographic that Biden has been able to point to as a strength during the Democratic nomination process.

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Aggregated data from 2019 versions of the NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll show that Biden's lead among black voters was as much as 30 percentage points at times last year.

Among black voters surveyed, just 14 percent said they approve of the job President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE is doing in office, and the numbers show they would overwhelmingly choose any Democrat over the president in November.

Biden has struggled in the first two 2020 votes, finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in the New Hampshire primary. Sanders, meanwhile, has surged, virtually tying with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE in Iowa and winning New Hampshire.

With only 139 respondents, the margin of error — plus or minus 8.31 percentage points — was high for this poll. NBC News admits that because of this, "it is difficult to differentiate the true levels of support for each of the candidates."