President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is holding onto his lead among Democratic candidates hoping to beat Trump in 2020.

Washington – A national Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows former Vice President Joe Biden’s popularity has surged among Democrats since a similar survey was taken about a month ago.

Meanwhile, 32 percent of all American voters told Quinnipiac pollsters they would “definitely” vote for Trump if he is the Republican candidate in the 2020 presidential election, while 12 percent say they will consider voting for Trump.

But 54 percent of all American voters polled said they “definitely” will not vote for Trump, matching the “never Trump” total from a May 21 Quinnipiac University National Poll.

The new Quinnipiac poll showed Biden was the favored candidate to run for president among 34 percent of Democrats and “Democratic leaners” surveyed, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who won 15 percent of their support.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., came in third in the horse race poll at 12 percent, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders collected 11 percent.

The latest poll shows Biden’s popularity rose 12 percent since Quinnipiac’s last survey, which had the former vice president favored by only 22 percent of respondents. That poll was taken shortly after the Democratic presidential debate.

During those debates, Harris attacked Biden’s opposition in the 1970s to school busing to achieve the desegregation of public schools.

That attack seemed to help Harris, whose popularity surged in several polls, including the one Quinnipiac conducted a month ago. But support for Harris dropped by 8 percent in the latest university poll.

“In the blink of an eye, the post-debate surge for Sen. Kamala Harris fades and former Vice President Joseph Biden regains his footing among Democratic presidential contenders,” said Mary Snow, polling analyst for the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Biden also has the best chance of beating Trump in the general election, said 51 percent of Democrats polled by Quinnipiac, with 10 percent for Sanders and 8 percent each for Harris and Warren.

But Snow said Warren seems to be the one to watch.

“While Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris have been riding a seesaw of support, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is holding steady in the support she’s seeing from Democrats and Democratic leaners and she remains the candidate seen as having the best policy ideas,” she said.

South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg was the favored candidate of 6 percent of those polled, while former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke drew 2 percent support.

One percent of those polled favored entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang . The rest of the candidates in the Democratic candidates in the crowded field drew less than 1 percent support.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,306 voters nationwide from July 25 to July 28. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect. The survey included 579 Democrats and Democratic leaners with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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  1. This is an excellent and important article, but I’m going to make a fussy point about the following sentence:
    “The latest poll shows Biden’s popularity rose 12 percent since Quinnipiac’s last survey, which had the former vice president favored by only 22 percent of respondents.”
    Biden’s popularity rose by 12 percentage points, not 12 percent. He actually showed about a 54% increase in the current poll versus the last, 34% versus 22%, assuming the poll was conducted in the same way.

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