Politics

Biden Hits 40% In New Poll

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Phillip Stucky Contributor

Former Vice President Joe Biden surged again to earn 40% support in the latest Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.

The presidential primary front-runner had earned 30% support just two weeks ago, but his support increased to 36% in last week’s Morning Consult weekly tracking poll and appears to be increasing exponentially. (RELATED: Tucker Responds To Biden’s Jim Crow Statement: ‘This Guy’s An Idiot’)

Biden also has a 21% lead over his closest rival, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders used to be much closer to Biden in the polls, but the former vice president’s success has come at the partial expense of the socialist senator, Sanders fell 3 percentage points in the same time that Biden gained 4%.

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren took up third place, falling 1 percentage point to 8% — just enough to edge out fellow Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg fell 2 percentage points for the first time since his rise from obscurity. He earned 6% in the latest poll, which still placed him above former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who earned 5% and 3%, respectively.

Biden also dominated in another key metric: media mentions. According to a recent analysis conducted by statistics website FiveThirtyEight. The analysis revealed that cable news networks mentioned the former Vice President 2,232 times in the past month. Although that’s lower than the 3,393 times he was discussed last month, it’s still leaps and bounds above the next highest candidate according to the analysis.

Morning Consult surveyed 15,770 registered voters from April 29 through May 5. The poll had a margin of error of 1 percentage point in either direction.