Former Vice President Joe Biden tops a list of prospective Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race in a new survey.
Seventy-four percent of Democrats in the Morning Consult/Politico poll out Monday view Biden favorably. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with a favorable rating from 51 percent of Democrats, follows Biden in second place.
“I have no intention of running for president, but I’m a great respecter of fate,” Biden told NPR last week. “I don’t have any plans to do it, but I’m not promising I wouldn’t do it,” he continued.
Other contenders in the new poll included Democratic Sens. Al Franken, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris.
The survey is an early one — there are more than two years until the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucus — and in the Trump era, big shifts in the conventional political calculus that guides many politicians can happen at a moment’s notice.
But already, potential candidates are making moves to begin closing the gap of voters who have no opinion or do not know of them, hoping to move them to the “approve” column. Kander has sought to grow his national profile with a new organization called “Let America Vote,” which puts him on the ground in states such as New Hampshire. Harris has used her new job as senator to woo progressives and criticize the Trump administration in high-profile committee hearings.