Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Emerson Polling: The first Democratic debate has shaken up the race for the Democratic nomination. Compared to June's national poll, Joe Biden extended his lead, Sen. Sanders lost ground, Sen. Harris doubled her support, and Sen. Warren held steady. Despite Biden losing 4 points of his support from 34% to 30%, he extended his lead in the Democratic primary from 7 points in June to 15 points, as his main rival, Sanders dropped 12 points to 15% from his June number of 27%. Harris saw her numbers improve 8 points to 15%, and Warren ticked up one point from June to 15% of the vote, creating a three-way tie for second. The data was collected July 6-8 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.4%.
A plurality of Debate viewers, 30%, said Harris had the best debate performance, 18% said Biden, 13% said Warren, and 10% chose Sanders. Conversely, when asked which candidate had the worst performance, 19% of voters said Biden, 15% said Sanders, and 13% said O'Rourke performed the worst.
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