Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken a massive lead over the rest of the Democratic field after formally announcing that he is running for president, according to a new CNN poll.
The poll shows Biden way out in front with 39% of Democratic voters saying they will back him in the primaries. That’s up from 28% who backed him in March.
Biden is more than 20 points ahead of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is at 15%, down from 19% in March.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is at 8%, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is at 7%, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is at 6%, and California Sen. Kamala Harris is at 5%. Every other candidate got 2% or less.
Biden leads Sanders 31-19 among voters under 45, 32-19 among liberals, and 29-15 among white voters.
Another poll from Morning Consult found Biden with a big lead as well, though not quite the 24-point lead in the CNN poll.
According to the survey, 36% of Democratic voters back Biden while 22% back Bernie. Biden has risen 6% since March while Bernie has dropped by about 2%.
Biden also leads New Hampshire, Iowa:
A new Boston Globe poll found Biden leading the pack in New Hampshire with 20%. Sanders and Buttigieg are in second with 12% apiece while Warren is at 8% and Harris is at 6%.
A Gravis poll released earlier this month shows Biden and Sanders tied at 19% in Iowa with Buttigieg close behind at 14%.
Biden matches up well vs. Trump:
According to polls released by Emerson, Politico, and The Hill in April, Biden leads Trump by 6-8% nationally.
An Emerson poll released Monday shows that Biden is even leading Trump by a point in deep-red Texas while Trump leads every other potential Democratic opponent except O’Rourke. Emerson previously found that Biden was the only Democrat leading Trump in Nevada and was the only Democrat along with Sanders to hold a lead over Trump in Iowa.