Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall at the Proulx Community Center in Franklin, New Hampshire on November 8, 2019. – Biden spoke to local community members from the region shortly after signing paperwork at the NH State House where he officially joined the New Hampshire Primary as a candidate. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is the most preferred Democratic presidential candidate among African American voters, according to a Washington Post/Ipsos national poll released on Saturday.

Forty-eight percent of African American voters who are likely to vote for a Democrat picked Biden as their top candidate, the poll showed.

U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are a distant second and third, with 20 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

The online poll was conducted on Jan. 2-8 and surveyed a random national sample of 1,088 non-Hispanic African American adults over the age of 18. Overall, the poll has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percentage points, and a four-point margin of error for the sample of 769 Democratic-leaning voters.


Biden, who served as U.S. vice president from 2009 to 2017 to then President Barack Obama, formally announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidency in April 2019 and has campaigned on his political experiences and electability.

The latest Des Moines Register/CNN poll put Biden fourth in Iowa behind former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg in third, Warren in second place and Sanders, who is at the top.

However, just five points separate Biden and Sanders. The polls came days before the seventh Democratic presidential primary debate and weeks before the 2020 Iowa Caucuses next month, which will kick off the presidential nominating calendar.

There are currently 13 Democrats contending for the party’s nomination to take on President Donald Trump in November.

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