On the eve of former Vice President Joe Biden’s official presidential campaign video announcement, the new national Ipsos-Reuters poll (4/17-23; 4,018 adults; 1,449 self-identified Democrats and 788 self-identified Independents from an online panel) brings him good news. According to the results, Mr. Biden has re-established a significant lead, topping Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 24-15%, with South Bend (IN) Mayor Pete Buttigieg placing third at 7% support. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) follow closely with each registering 6% preference.
The poll does not deeply segment, failing to even identify registered voters, let alone likely primary participants. Furthermore, the addition of Independents, who may or may not be eligible to vote in various Democratic primaries, also potentially skew the final totals though Mr. Biden does perform better within the Democratic segment than he does among tested Independents.
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