Fifty-three percent of Americans said they have a favorable view of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the highest among seven 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Gallup tested last month.
People were more split on Sen. Bernard Sanders, with 46 percent reporting a favorable view and 45 percent reporting an unfavorable view in the survey, released Wednesday.
Both Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders were also seen favorably by about three-quarters of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.
Thirty-two percent of Republicans and those who lean GOP said they have a favorable view of Mr. Biden, compared to 17 percent who said the same of Mr. Sanders.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala D. Harris were also viewed favorable by a majority of Democrats and leaners, and pluralities of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents held favorable views of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Cory A. Booker, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
But those candidates were less well-known among Americans overall than Mr. Biden or Mr. Sanders.
With roughly nine months to go before voting starts in the Democratic nominating contest, Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders “far outpace others in the current field of candidates,” wrote Gallup’s Lydia Saad and Megan Brenan.
“Both are viewed favorably by a broad swath of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, but Biden is better liked by Republicans and Republican-leaning independents,” they said. “However, some of the lesser-known candidates have time to make a name for themselves in the coming months.”
The survey of 1,024 U.S. adults was conducted April 17-30, which encompasses Mr. Biden’s announcement on April 25 that he was entering the race. It has an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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