The latest CNN poll conducted by SSRS shows registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents prefer Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over former Vice President Joe Biden.

This is the first time Biden did not come out on top of a CNN national poll.

The poll also showed it as a two-person race between the old white males. Sanders has 27% of the respondents while Biden grabbed 24%.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) landed in third at 14%.

http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2020/images/01/22/rel1b.-.2020.pdf

Sanders gained seven points since the December poll.

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer also gained small traction, but not enough to buoy themselves up to prominence.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained steady at 5%.

The poll has a small caveat that might worry Sanders and even Biden and Warren. Only 42% of the people who chose a candidate to support said they would definitely support that candidate.

Yet, 58% admitted they might change their mind.

57% of those questioned said it is more important the Democratic Party chooses a candidate who has a “strong chance” of beating President Donald Trump. Only 35% said it is important that the nominee has the same positions on major issues as them.

The question of which eventual nominee has the best chance to beat Trump also raised some eyebrows. Only three points separate Sanders and Biden, but 45% of the respondents believe Biden has the best chance to beat Trump.

Almost half of them believe Biden has the best chance to beat Trump even though only 24% of them chose him.

24% said Sanders has the best chance. Granted this number went up from 16% in December.

http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2020/images/01/22/rel1b.-.2020.pdf

CNN tried to make a big deal of the fact that the people chose candidates over Trump in the poll. But you need to remember SSRS asked registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. So is this really a surprise to anyone? Yeah, didn’t think so.

 
 
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