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Biden Remains Front-Runner By Large Margin, Despite Debate Pummeling

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Mary Margaret Olohan Social Issues Reporter

Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, a Quinnipiac poll reveals.

An August Quinnipiac University poll reveals 49 percent of voters believe the former vice president has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Fifty percent of voters said they believe electability is more important in a candidate than compatibility with “your views on issues.”

Biden also retains 32 percent of Democrats and independent voters leaning Democrat. The former vice president has only slipped two points since July, despite attacks from his fellow candidates at both Democratic debates. (RELATED: Biden Promises To Be More Aggressive, Reportedly Scrambles To Recover Support Before Dem Debates)

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in at 21 percent, Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris came in at 7 percent, and Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders came in at 14 percent.

The poll surveyed 807 Democrats and independent voters leaning towards Democrat between August 1 and 5 with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, including the design effect.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 03: Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the 2020 Public Service Forum hosted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) at UNLV on August 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nineteen of the 24 candidates running for the Democratic party's 2020 presidential nomination are addressing union members in a state with one of the largest organized labor populations in the United States. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 03: Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the 2020 Public Service Forum hosted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) at UNLV on August 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Democratic candidates pounced on Biden during the July debates, causing Biden to say at one point, “everyone’s talking about how terrible I am on these issues!” (RELATED: Joe Biden Becomes The Left’s Punching Bag During Second CNN Debate)

Harris attacked Biden over multiple issues, particularly his stances on healthcare and his June comments on busing. Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Julian Castro pushed back on Biden about immigration, saying “What we need are politicians who have guts on this issue.”

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker accused Biden of using Republican talking points on immigration. Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand jabbed at the former vice president over comments he made on women working outside the home deteriorating family life.

Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee bashed Biden’s climate plan, calling it “middling” and saying, “Your plan is just too late.” Inslee even went so far as to attack Biden for being “realistic,” saying, “I’ve heard you say we need a realistic plan.”

Biden reportedly had to scramble to reassure donors after his first performance at the June Democratic debates and after it became clear he had slipped in the polls, according to Politico.

The former vice president’s support dropped 10 percentage points after his debate performance, according to a Morning Consult/FiveThirtyEight poll, and he reportedly hired a speech coach one day after his June performance at a 2020 Democratic presidential debate.

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