Joe Biden Routing Democratic Primary Opponents in Florida, Poll Finds

While the large field of Democrats looking to take on President Donald Trump in 2020 get ready to debate in Miami next month, former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the pack of primary rivals in Florida, a new poll shows.

Tel Opinion Research released a poll at the end of last week showing Biden with a comfortable lead in Florida. The poll was first reported by Politico.

Biden takes 39 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in Florida with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pulling 16 percent.

While more than a quarter of those surveyed–28 percent–are undecided, the rest of the field stand in single digits.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., each pull 5 percent in Florida. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg takes 3 percent. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Tex., take 1 percent apiece.

Florida Democrats seem to like their leading candidates. Biden is seen as favorable by 81 percent of Florida Democrats while 13 percent view him unfavorably. Around two-thirds of Florida Democrats–68 percent–see Sanders in a favorable light while 23 percent view him unfavorably. Warren is seen as favorable by 62 percent of Florida Democrats while 17 percent see her as unfavorable. Harris is seen favorably by 54 percent of Florida Democrats while 11 percent view in an unfavorable light. Booker is seen as favorable by 47 percent of Florida Democrats while 12 percent see him unfavorably.

The other candidates are lesser known but 39 percent view Buttigieg as favorable while 12 percent see him as unfavorable. O’Rourke is seen as favorable by 37 percent of Florida Democrats while 14 percent see him in an unfavorable light. Klobuchar is the least known with only 29 percent seeing her as favorable while 11 percent view her as unfavorable.

Asked about their top priority in a presidential candidate, Florida Democrats are split with 50 percent wanting someone who can beat Trump in the general election while 48 percent prefer someone who lines up with their values.

The poll of 800 likely Florida Democratic primary voters was taken on May 8 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percent.


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