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New Poll Reveals Double Digit Difference Between Sanders and Biden

AP/Rick Bowmer

Joe Biden has emerged as the frontrunner among Democrats, who overwhelmingly support the former vice president more than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

According to a new CNN/SRSS poll released Tuesday morning, 39 percent of Democrats surveyed favor Biden while Sanders drew support of 15 percent of Democrats—a 24-point difference. 

Biden and Sanders are the only two Democratic candidates whose support was in the double digits, the poll showed. 

The next candidates to pull in the strongest numbers were Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 8 percent and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7 percent. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke had 6 percent support, followed by Sen. Kamala Harris at 5 percent. According to CNN, the other 17 Democratic candidates surveyed only received 2 percent support or less.  

Biden's lead extends across most every major demographic or political group, though it shrinks some among younger voters (31% Biden to 19% Sanders among those under age 45), liberals (32% Biden to 19% Sanders) and whites (29% Biden to 15% Sanders among white voters).

Still, only about a third of potential Democratic voters with a preference in the race (36%) say they will definitely back the candidate they currently support, 64% say they could still change their minds. Those who say they are locked in are more apt to back Biden: 50% in that group support him, 21% Sanders, 8% Warren.

Biden and Buttigieg were the only candidates to show significant gains from CNN's March survey, with the former receiving an 11-point surge in support and the latter posting a 6 percent increase.  

The survey was conducted between April 25-28 and has a margin of error for Democratic-leaning voters of 5.9 percentage points. 

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