Poll: Biden holds 11-point lead among registered voters following debate

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 maintains his lead among 2020 Democrats vying for the party’s nomination, despite getting rocky reviews for his performance in the first round of primary debates last week, a new Washington Post-ABC News survey finds.

When given a list of 22 Democrats pursuing the primary nomination and asked to say the name of one they’d support right now, 30 percent of registered voters who identified as Democratic or Democratic-leaning said they would choose Biden.

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.) finished second with 19 percent, while 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.) and 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.) received 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively.


No other candidate received more than 5 percent of the vote. 

Previous Washington Post-ABC News polls had only asked respondents to name their choice without a list of candidates.

When asked to name their candidate without the list of names, Biden led with 28 percent of the vote, up 11 points from the same poll in April. Sanders followed at 16 percent, with Harris coming in third at 11 percent.

The poll shows Biden with a more comfortable margin than a CNN poll and a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week. The CNN poll showed Harris jumping to second place in the field with 17 percent of the vote, trailing Biden by just 5 points, while the Quinnipiac poll showed a larger surge for Harris to 20 percent, just 2 points behind the former vice president.

While Biden still carries the status of front-runner, registered voters said Harris was the standout among the 20 candidates who took the stage for the first Democratic debates last Wednesday and Thursday in Miami.

Forty-one percent in the Washington Post-ABC News poll said Harris had done an “especially good job” during the debate, with Warren taking the second spot at 26 percent. Biden comes in third at 21 percent, the survey finds.

Harris went at Biden at Thursday night’s debate, saying remarks he made about working with segregationist senators were “hurtful,” while also targeting Biden’s record of being opposed to busing black students to majority white schools, noting that she personally benefited from such busing.

The survey interviewed 1,008 adults, including 460 Democrats and 397 Democratic-leaning independent voters, and was conducted between June 28-July 1. The margin of error is 1.4 percentage points.

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