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POLL: Harris Surges and Biden Falls After First Debate

A new Quinnipiac University poll showed Harris trailing Biden by just 2 percentage points nationally.

By NTK Staff | 07.02.2019 @3:27pm
POLL: Harris Surges and Biden Falls After First Debate

Did Kamala Harris do real damage to Joe Biden during last week’s presidential primary debate in Miami? A new national poll indicates that might be the case.

A new Quinnipiac poll released on Tuesday showed Biden leading the field with just 22 percent, followed by Harris at 20 percent.

The previous Quinnipiac poll had Biden at 30 percent and Harris at just 7 percent.

In the new Quinnipiac poll, Warren came in third at 14 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders with 13 percent, and Pete Buttigieg at 4 percent.

This poll showing Harris leapfrogging other candidates is not the first to show a strong bump from last week’s debate. A CNN poll released Monday showed a similar pattern, and ad USA Today/Suffolk University poll, which was conducted in Iowa only, also showed Harris surging.

Quinnipiac notes a few of the demographic breakdowns:

In today’s poll, Biden has a numerical lead among men with 22 percent, followed by Sanders at 19 percent and Harris with 14 percent. But among women, Harris has a slight edge with 24 percent to Biden’s 22 percent. The race is similarly close for white Democratic voters, with Biden at 21 percent, and both Harris and Warren at 20 percent. Harris also essentially catches Biden among black Democratic voters, a historically strong voting bloc for Biden, with Biden at 31 percent and Harris at 27 percent.

A Quinnipiac analyst said the poll puts Biden and Harris “on two different trajectories” after the first debate, with Biden falling and Harris rising.

“Biden’s once commanding lead has evaporated. There are other red flags for him in areas where he still leads, including double digit drops among Democrats and Democratic leaners who view him as the best leader, or as the best candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020,” the analyst said.

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