Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Harris surges, Biden slips after debates: polls

Harris surges, Biden slips after debates: polls

Almost half of Democrats think former Vice President Joe Biden is the candidate with the best chance of defeating President Donald Trump in 2020, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Though still the Democrat's front runner for now, Joe Biden's poll numbers are beginning to plummet as revelations about his record on race relations comes to light, while contenders Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren's numbers rise.

Quinnipiac surveyed 554 Democrats and voters who lean-Democrat across the country from June 28-July 1, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

The trend was affirmed by a Politico/Morning Consult poll released last Saturday that showed Biden's support declining to 33 percent from 38 percent before the debate, as Harris's climbed to 12 percent from six percent. Sanders also slid from 19 per cent while Warren's standing was little changed.

Harris's exchange with Biden on racial discrimination was seen as a standout moment during the two debates among the two dozen candidates seeking to become the Democratic standard-bearer against Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020.

This new Quinnipiac poll echoed the results of a CNN poll published on Monday, which showed Biden at 22 percent (down 10 points) and Harris at 17 percent (up 9 points).

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Overall, 63 percent said the debate impacted their views of the candidates vying for the Democrat nomination. "The poll tells us that candidates like Harris, Warren and (Pete) Buttigieg poll better than Biden and Sanders in this regard, and that sets the stage for a new face exceeding expectations in Iowa".

Kamala Harris called Biden out on his opposition to busing - something Harris said she directly participated in and benefited from as a child.

The last Quinnipiac poll, taken at the beginning of June, had Biden with a strong lead at 30 points, double that of Sanders who was his nearest competition. It has a margin of error of +/-4 percent. Castro appeared at the first debate on Wednesday.

She had said that she was "honoured" to announce her bid on a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi. The ABC News/Washington Post poll found 45% of respondents believe Biden is best equipped to beat Trump.

Additionally, 41 percent of respondents agreed Harris stood out in the debate, with 26 percent saying the same of Warren. Showing strength among highly engaged leaned Democrats, she reaches 22%, virtually matching Biden's 25%, among those who watched both debates. And for some candidates, the debate actually hurt them: Sen.

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