Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll

A plurality of Democrats believe that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE (I-Vt.) has the best shot at defeating President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE in November, according to a new national poll.

The latest Morning Consult survey, which was conducted after Sanders’s dominant victory in the Nevada caucuses, found 33 percent of Democrats view Sanders as the best candidate they could put up in a head-to-head match-up against Trump.

Twenty-three percent of polled Democrats said former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg would do best against Trump, and 18 percent said former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series MORE.


The new poll comes amid warnings from some establishment Democrats that Sanders will lead the party to a historic defeat if he is the nominee.

However, most national polls find Sanders leading Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up.

The Morning Consult poll also found Sanders overtaking Biden among black voters nationally for the first time. One-third of black Democratic voters said they support Sanders, compared with 29 percent for Biden. 

That’s within the poll’s margin of error, but is a major development ahead of the South Carolina primary, where more than half of the electorate is black. 

Biden has enjoyed strong support from African Americans and has long viewed South Carolina as his firewall.


But Sanders is increasingly attracting a diverse base of support, led by Latino voters, and it appears now that black voters are giving him a fresh look as he builds momentum in the early-voting states. 

Sanders leads the Democratic field nationally among all polled voters with 32 percent support, up 4 points from last week, followed by Bloomberg at 19 percent, Biden at 18 percent, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE at 11 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat do Google, banks and chicken salad have in common? Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks MORE (D-Mass.) at 11 percent.

The Morning Consult poll of 2,632 Democratic primary voters was conducted on Feb. 23 and has a 4 point margin of error.