Poll: Biden holds 7-point lead over 2020 Democratic field

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE holds a 7-point lead over a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates in a new poll. 

The Emerson poll found that 34 percent of Democratic primary voters surveyed support Biden, who is trailed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) at 27 percent. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) had 14 percent support, followed by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) with 7 percent, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D) with 6 percent and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) with 3 percent. 

The other candidates polled at 1 percent or lower. A majority of respondents — 56 percent — said they might change their vote, and 85 percent said they planned to watch the upcoming Democratic debates.

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“Similar to our other polls, Biden and Sanders voters are the most loyal with 50% to 55% saying they are set on their candidates,” said Emerson Poll Director Spencer Kimball in a statement. 

“Comparatively, 33% of Warren, 18% of Harris and 17% of Buttigieg voters say they will stick with their current choices, this suggests that about 30% of the Democratic electorate are spoken for and another 30% leaning toward the top two candidates as of now leaves a narrow lane for another candidate to grab a plurality of the vote,” Kimball added.  

Researchers collected data between June 21 and 24 and the responses of Democratic primary voters have a 4.5 percentage point margin of error. 

More than two dozen people are vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Twenty of them will participate in the first Democratic debates this week. 

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