2020 Democratic Poll Updates

Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Lazaro Gamio/Axios


We ran the numbers: There are 824 news articles covering this topic. 37% (306) are left leaning, 34% (279) center, 29% (239) right leaning.


In the first set of new polling after the second round of Democratic presidential primary debates, the top tier of candidates appear to be expanding their lead over a packed field. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a substantial lead after fending off attacks from opponents throughout the Detroit debate. Senator Elizabeth Warren continued her upward trend, receiving 21 percent support in a Quinnipiac Poll released Tuesday. She was followed by Bernie Sanders, who rose slightly to 14 percent. Kamala Harris dropped 5 points to 7%,  followed by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 5%. 

No other candidate is registering above 2% in most national polling. The newest polls are significant to the longevity of several lower-tier candidates as the requirements for the September debates are more challenging. 

Coverage of Democratic 2020 presidential polling has differed significantly across the political spectrum. A left-leaning Boston Globe article focuses on the hardening of support among the leading candidates. “Among the reasons why Biden, Sanders, and Warren will be difficult to topple from the top tier: a significant portion of their supporters say they have made up their minds about the race,” the article noted. 

Conversely, a right-leaning article from Townhall frames Democratic polling in a drastically different context. The article criticizes Democratic presidential hopefuls for using recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio to boost their poll numbers. “But for the Democratic presidential candidates, the El Paso atrocity was like a loose football in the Super Bowl. A mad scramble broke out over who would be first and most savage in indicting President Donald Trump for moral complicity in mass murder,” the article claims. 

Meanwhile, centrist news outlets focused on strictly reporting the latest poll numbers. One article from The Hill highlights Senator Harris’ recent decline after the second debate. “Meanwhile, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who peaked at 20 percent support in early July after a standout performance in the June Democratic debates, continued a downward trend in the poll, dipping to 7 percent,” the article stated.