Poll: Biden leads handily in African American support

By Evan Semones

Former vice president Joe Biden is maintaining high levels of support among African American voters less than one month before the first contest of the 2020 election season.

According to a Washington Post-Ipsos national poll released Saturday, 48 percent of Democratic-leaning black voters back Biden as their choice for president, citing his time as former President Barack Obama’s vice president among reasons for their support.

Sen. Bernie Sanders came in second with 20 percent of support and led the field among black voters aged under 35.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was third at 9 percent, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Cory Booker tied at 4 percent, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang garnered 3 percent.

Billionaire Tom Steyer and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg registered at 2 percent respectively. The rest of the candidates received less than 1 percent.

The survey also showed Biden was best placed among the field to defeat Donald Trump, although the president performed poorly against any Democratic candidate.

A December poll for the BlackPAC political action committee showed Biden had 44 percent support among prospective black voters, a key Democratic bloc.

Six candidates have been invited to participate in next week's presidential primary debate in Iowa ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses, with no candidates of color making the cut, the Democratic National Committee announced Saturday.

Sanders has a slight lead over a tightly packed group of Democratic frontrunners in Iowa, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN survey published Friday.

The Post-Ipsos survey was conducted Jan. 2-8 among 1,088 non-Hispanic black adults, including 900 registered voters, drawn from an online survey panel recruited through random sampling of households across the country.

Overall results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.