Biden, Gabbard suffer hits to favorability after debate

Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) saw their net favorability among Democratic primary voters take a dip following the most recent Democratic debate and amid Gabbard’s high-profile feud with 2016 presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE, a new poll has found. 

The results of a Morning Consult survey dated Monday show the net favorability of Biden, the former vice president, slipped 5 percentage points, from 55 percent to 50 percent, and Gabbard’s dropped 6 percentage points from 10 percent to 4 percent following the fourth Democratic debate last week in Westerville, Ohio.


The net favorability of many other candidates remained relatively stable, as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) saw a 1 percentage point increase, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) saw no change and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) saw a 1 percentage point drop. 

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE saw the largest net favorability increase, from 33 percent to 36 percent. 

Net favorability is calculated by subtracting the percentage of Democratic primary voters who view the candidates unfavorably from those who view them favorably. 

The survey still showed Biden leading the Democratic field, with support from 30 percent of Democratic primary voters polled. He was followed by  Warren who was supported by 21 percent and Sanders who was supported by 18 percent. 

Twelve Democratic hopefuls faced off in the debate.

Gabbard has recently been sparring with Clinton after the former secretary of State suggested, seemingly without evidence, that the lawmaker was a Russian asset. Gabbard has denied this and has slammed Clinton as the “queen of warmongers.”

Morning Consult surveyed 11,521 registered voters who said they may vote in the Democratic primary or caucus between Oct. 16-20. The margin of error is plus or minus 1 percentage point. 


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