Joe Biden Has Commanding 16-Point Lead Over Bernie Sanders in New National Poll

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders
Joe Biden takes commanding 16-point lead over Bernie Sanders in new national poll. Drew Angerer/Getty

A new poll shows Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden taking a commanding 16-point lead over rival candidate Bernie Sanders.

The poll, which was conducted by Morning Consult, asked 1,390 Democratic primary voters, "whom they would vote for if the primary or caucus were held in their state today." The poll was conducted on Thursday, March 5, and it has a margin of error of three points.

According to the poll, 54 percent of Democratic primary voters named Biden as their first choice, while 38 percent chose Sanders, giving Biden a lead of 16 percentage points.

The poll was conducted on Thursday, after fellow Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren ended her campaign.

Biden's 16-point comes on the heels of important wins on Super Tuesday as well as endorsements from many of the former candidates, that recently ended their campaigns. Biden scored Super Tuesday victories in 10 out of the 14 states, including, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Massachusetts, as well as securing the victory in South Carolina's Democratic Primary.

Biden was endorsed by three former candidates, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

When it comes to age of Democratic primary voters, the poll found that Biden has strong support from older voters. According to the poll, 70 percent of voters ages 45 and older identify Biden as their choice while 57 percent of voters under the age of 45 chose Sanders. The percentage of voters under the age of 45 who support Biden and the percentage of voters age 45 and over who support Sanders were not reported.

A similar poll, which was also conducted by Morning Consult, showed Biden having an increased chance of beating President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Following Super Tuesday's results, the poll found that 51 percent of Democratic primary voters believe that Biden has the best chance of beating Trump while 28 percent sided with Sanders.

This poll was conducted four separate times prior to Super Tuesday's results and Biden's most recent percentages show a large increase from a poll conducted after the South Carolina Democratic primary, with an 18-percentage-point increase.

On the other hand, this poll shows a gradual decrease in Democratic primary voters' perceptions of Sanders' chances of beating Trump. Prior to Super Tuesday's results, 31 percent of polled voters believed Sanders posed as Trump's biggest threat but has since decreased by three percentage points.

This poll has a margin of error of three percentage points.

Despite the commanding lead taken by Biden after Super Tuesday's results, both he and Sanders will have multiple opportunities in the next few days to change the views of voters. On March 10, there will be Democratic primaries in Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington state. Biden and Sanders will then face off in a debate, scheduled for March 15, which will be followed by two more primaries, on March 17 and March 24.