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Voters Prefer Biden Over Trump on Almost All Major Issues, Poll Shows

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An election-themed ad saying “Biden’s been there, done that” has been airing on Capitol Hill. | Alex Wong/Getty Images 2020 Elections Voters Prefer Biden Over Trump on Almost All Major Issues, Poll Shows

A new poll on race and immigration finds the Democratic field divided in general with the party’s best-known contenders leading the charge.

Three of the top four candidates with the highest favorable ratings are African-American, or Latino. Sen. Cory Booker tops that group with 52 percent favorable ratings among black voters, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 46 percent. Biden leads all Democratic contenders with Latino voters, with 62 percent ratings.

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Freshman Sen. Kamala Harris tops all Democrats with whites and Asians. She leads Biden, Booker and Texas Sen. Beto O’Rourke, each of whom has yet to officially announce a candidacy, with a 53 percent favorable rating among white voters. Booker beats Biden for whites and Latinos, with majorities of both groups rating him favorably.

The Democratic front-runners are clearly better known than their challengers and in some instances much better known than Trump. A majority of Democratic voters (53 percent) have a favorable view of the president, with only 21 percent having an unfavorable view and 31 percent unsure.

Broken down by race, 66 percent of whites and 48 percent of whites with Latino or black parents have a favorable view of Trump. Only 44 percent of black voters and just 32 percent of black parents have a favorable view of Trump.

“Overall, the poll shows that Democratic primary voters are much more comfortable with Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders as their nominee in 2020 than with President Trump,” said J. Ann Selzer, the Des Moines-based pollster who directed the survey. “Looking at race, Hillary Clinton enjoyed higher favorable ratings among African-Americans and Hispanics than she did among whites during her election campaign. However, Biden and Sanders are well above Barack Obama among blacks and Hispanics, even when Clinton was better known.”

Beyond being the least known candidate in the race, Trump commands the most negative ratings of the Democratic contenders: 34 percent view him favorably and 61 percent view him unfavorably.

The poll was conducted in partnership with CBS News from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, surveying 800 likely Democratic primary voters who have not yet decided who they will vote for. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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