Two new polls shows Biden with big edge on Warren, Sanders | TheHill

A new national poll from Quinnipiac University finds former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Biden economic adviser: ‘I really like a lot of’ Warren’s tax proposals Poll: Trump trails top 2020 Democrats in Michigan Monmouth acknowledges poll showing Biden losing support was ‘outlier’ MORE holding a solid lead over Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFormer Biden economic adviser: ‘I really like a lot of’ Warren’s tax proposals Poll: Trump trails top 2020 Democrats in Michigan Monmouth acknowledges poll showing Biden losing support was ‘outlier’ MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Biden economic adviser: ‘I really like a lot of’ Warren’s tax proposals Poll: Trump trails top 2020 Democrats in Michigan Monmouth acknowledges poll showing Biden losing support was ‘outlier’ MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary race.

The Quinnipiac results were similar to another poll released Wednesday by USA Today–Suffolk University that also had Biden in the lead.

Biden won 32 percent in the Quinnipiac poll, compared to 19 percent for Warren and 15 percent for Sanders.

No other candidate registered double-digit support.

In the Suffolk poll, the former vice president led with 32 percent support, a healthy 18 points ahead of Warren. Sanders was the only other candidate with double digit support at 12 percent.

The Quinnipiac survey also showed a rather static race. Warren dropped 2 points from Quinnipiac’s survey earlier this month, while Sanders gained 1 point. 

The two polls are the latest to show Biden with a healthy lead in national polling. 

They come after a survey by Monmouth earlier this week pointed to a tighter race between the three candidates. Biden’s campaign argued the Monmouth poll was an outlier, noting it had a small sample size of Democratic voters.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Trump trails top 2020 Democrats in Michigan Social justice advocate steps up calls for DNC to hold poverty-focused debate Trump trails top five 2020 Democrats in national poll MORE (D-Calif.), at 7 percent; South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump trails top five 2020 Democrats in national poll Two new polls show Biden with big edge on Warren, Sanders We know Mayor Buttigieg’s drug decriminalization plan works — ask Portugal MORE (D), at 5 percent; and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangSaagar Enjeti: Why Joe Biden is slipping; Krystal Ball breaks down UBI versus a federal jobs guarantee Two new polls show Biden with big edge on Warren, Sanders Biden inches higher atop 2020 Democratic field: poll MORE, at 3 percent, are they only other candidates to receive above 1 percent support in the Quinnipiac poll

In the Suffolk poll, Harris, Buttigieg and Yang also occupied the next tier, scoring between 3 and 6 percent support. No other candidates cleared 2 percent.

The two polls are bad news for two other candidates, billionaire activist Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerTwo new polls show Biden with big edge on Warren, Sanders Biden inches higher atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill’s Morning Report – Dem lawmakers put guns, hate groups on fall agenda MORE and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTwo new polls show Biden with big edge on Warren, Sanders Biden inches higher atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill’s Morning Report – Dem lawmakers put guns, hate groups on fall agenda MORE (D-Hawaii). 

Neither won 2 percent in either poll. That’s the threshold under rules established by the Democratic National Committee to qualify for the next Democratic debate. Candidates must get at least 2 percent in four qualifying polls in addition to getting 130,000 donors to qualify. Steyer needs just one more poll to qualify, while Gabbard needs two more polls. The deadline for meeting those qualifications for the September debate is Wednesday.

Quinnipiac surveyed 648 Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic from Aug. 21 to 26 by landline and cellphone. The margin of error for the sample is 4.6 percentage points.

Suffolk University surveyed 424 registered voters planning to vote in the Democratic primaries Aug. 20–25 by landline or cellphone. The margin of error for that sample is 4.96 percentage points. 

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