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Quinnipiac Poll: Post-Debate, Warren Up, Harris Down, Biden Leads and Booker flops

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Ridgewood NJ, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the big winner in the second round of Democratic presidential debates, but former Vice President Joseph Biden retains his front-runner status with 32 percent of Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 21 percent among Democrats, with 14 percent for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and 7 percent for California Sen. Kamala Harris.

This compares to results of a July 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University National Poll, showing Biden with 34 percent, Warren with 15 percent, Harris with 12 percent and Sanders with 11 percent.

In today’s results:

  • Biden gets 47 percent of black Democrats, with 16 percent for Sanders, 8 percent for Warren and 1 percent for Harris;
  • Women Democrats go 31 percent for Biden, 24 percent for Warren, 10 percent for Sanders and 7 percent for Harris;
  • Very liberal Democrats go 40 percent for Warren, 20 percent for Sanders, 19 percent for Biden and 7 percent for Harris;
  • Somewhat liberal Democrats go 28 percent for Biden, 20 percent for Warren, 14 percent for Sanders and 10 percent for Harris;
  • Moderate/conservative Democrats go 43 percent for Biden, 11 percent for Warren, 9 percent for Sanders, and 4 percent each for Harris and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg gets 5 percent and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke have 2 percent each. There are 4 candidates with 1 percent each and 14 candidates at less than 1 percent each.

“Biden survives, Warren thrives and Harris dives as debate number two shakes up the primary,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s policy heavy presentation and former Vice President Joseph Biden’s ability to handle the heat from all corners put them on top,” Malloy added. “Sen. Kamala Harris, whose 20 percent score put her neck-and-neck with Biden in a Quinnipiac University poll July 2 after the first debate, is now a distant fourth with 7 percent.

“Take a snapshot now, because for most of the contenders registering one percentage point or less, there will likely be no debate number three.”

Biden would be the best leader, 33 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners say, with 22 percent for Warren, 13 percent for Sanders and 7 percent for Harris.

Warren has the best policy ideas, 32 percent of Democrats say, with 17 percent for Biden, 16 percent for Sanders and 5 percent each for Harris and Buttigieg.

Biden has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election, 49 percent of Democrats say, with 12 percent for Sanders, 9 percent for Warren and 6 percent for Harris.

While 50 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners prefer a presidential candidate who is “most electable,” 46 percent prefer a candidate who most shares their views on issues.

Scoring the Debate

A total of 81 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners watched or listened to all or most of the two-night Democratic presidential debate or paid close attention to media stories about the debate.

Of that group, 28 percent say Warren did the “best job” in the debate, with 15 percent for Biden, 8 percent for Sanders and 8 percent for Harris.

Of that same group, 9 percent say Biden and another 9 percent say self-help advisor Marianne Williamson did the “worst job,” with 7 percent for Harris and 6 percent each for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former U.S. Rep. John Delaney.

From August 1 – 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 807 Democrats and independent voters leaning Democratic with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, including the design effect.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts gold standard surveys using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide surveys and polls in more than a dozen states on national and statewide elections, as well as public policy issues.

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5 thoughts on “Quinnipiac Poll: Post-Debate, Warren Up, Harris Down, Biden Leads and Booker flops

  1. Who is the bigger clown?
    Murphy or Booker?

  2. Bunker with his loudmouth.

  3. Sacco & Venzetti

  4. Murphy is at his $7.3 million villa in Italy.
    Yay Socialism…..(for you)
    After his administration repeatedly refused to say where Gov. Phil Murphy is spending an 11-day vacation with his family, the secret is out.

    The governor is in Italy, where NJ Advance Media reported Monday the family has a 23-room mansion in the small Italian town of Parrano, which Murphy purchased for about $7.3 million in 2004
    Keep voting in these hypocrites and giving them your money and your freedoms…

  5. Buy he has a D after his name. That’s all that matters.

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