Biden’s Lead Shrinks After Debates: CNN Poll

Quinnipiac's latest poll is one of several released since last week'sfirst Democratic presidential debate - an event in which Biden faced an intense grilling from Harris over his record on race - that shows a boost for Harris, while Biden's lead over the field was found to be shrinking. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren - cutting into the lead of front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Quinnipiac University poll of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents was conducted by telephone June 28 through July 1 among a random sample of 554 registered voters.

Although ABC News and The Washington Post qualify for approved Democratic National Committee poll sponsors for the primary debates in the future, Biden, Sanders, Harris, Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg look like they will be holding the spots for the top five candidates for the third democratic debate. Warren followed at 14%, and Sanders at 13%.

"Round 1 of the Democratic debates puts Harris and former Biden on two different trajectories, as support for Harris surges but continues to slip for Biden", Mary Snow, Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst, said.

Overall, 63 percent said the debate impacted their views of the candidates vying for the Democrat nomination. He has almost double the support of Sanders and is 16 points ahead of Warren.

Biden dropped from a poll Quinnipiac conducted in June, in which he won 30%, Sen. And polls in the United States have been wrong before, most notably during the 2016 election, in which Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton led in most polls but nonetheless lost to Trump. It had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 3 percentage points.

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Harris, who is the first Indian-origin US Senator and first black Senator from California, is the fourth Democratic woman leader to enter the presidential race.

Harris saw her support in the state almost double compared to the beginning of June.

The former vice president still retains an overwhelming edge on the question of which candidate stands the best chance of beating President Donald Trump, with 42 percent to Harris' 14.

Those who didn't choose Biden as their first or second choice said it was because they didn't have enough information/hadn't made up their mind (15%) or because of his age (15%).

"The main thing Democrats want in a candidate is someone who can beat Trump", he said. Showing strength among highly engaged leaned Democrats, she reaches 22%, virtually matching Biden's 25%, among those who watched both debates. Harris finishes second with 16 percent, up from 6 percent in April.

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