Warren Edges Biden in New Quinnipiac Poll

Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Erin Schaff/The New York Times


We ran the numbers: There are 1442 news articles covering this topic. 61% (879) are left leaning, 30% (432) center, 9% (131) right leaning.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) will a slight lead over former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Among those polled, 27% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor Warren while 25% favor Biden.

While the 2 percentage point difference does fall within the poll’s margin of error, it still represents a sharp contrast from Quinnipiac’s last poll in August which had Biden’s support at 32% to Warren’s 19%. 

“We now have a race with two candidates at the top of the field, and they’re leaving the rest of the pack behind,” said Tom Milloy, a polling analyst at Quinnipiac University. 

This new national poll -- with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points -- was conducted from Sept. 19-23 and surveyed 561 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. 

With the poll strictly covering the Democratic candidates, it’s no surprise that the majority of the news coverage surrounding the poll originated from the left.

Of the 1,442 news pieces presented, 879 (61%) came from the left, 432 (30%) were centrist, and 131 (9%) came from the right.

Left-leaning sources like Politico focused both on Warren’s rise in the polls as well as her and Biden’s break from the rest of the Democratic field. Politico reports that the latest poll cements Warren’s “ascendancy in the party’s presidential primary after a pair of polls reported her leading in the first two primary states.” The news company also reported that the Quinnipiac poll has Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders polling at 16%, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7% and Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) at 3%. 

Centrist sources like The Hill also focused on the polling positions of the Democratic candidates. However, The Hill also alluded the discrepancy between each candidate’s supporters. Warren’s support is “more evenly distributed between Americans of different ages, while Biden’s support is largest among older voters and Sanders is most popular with younger Democrats.” 

Sources from the right such as The Daily Caller highlight both that Trump “retains 80% of the Republican vote” and possible reasons as to why Warren’s lead has grown so significantly. Malloy said, “She generates a lot of excitement as a potential nominee,” adding; “On top of that, half of Democrats want a presidential candidate that supports big changes — even if it means things are harder along the way.”