NEW YORK, Mar 9 (Reuters) – Elizabeth Warren’s departure from the race for the Democratic nomination for the US presidential election seems to have benefited Joe Biden’s favorite more than Bernie Sanders, according to a Reuters / Ipsos national poll published Monday.
The poll conducted between Friday and Monday showed that 47% of registered and independent Democrats would vote for Biden if their state primaries were held today, 7 points more than a similar poll that was done just before Warren left his campaign on last thursday.
Meanwhile, 30% said they would vote for the senator for Vermont Sanders, unchanged since the previous poll.
The results suggested that Warren’s supporters, instead of supporting Sanders as expected, have aligned themselves with Biden, who took a turn to the Democratic race with a resounding victory in the South Carolina primaries, days before moving on to dominate the race for the nomination of his party with his triumph in the Super Tuesday last week.
Six more states, including Michigan and Washington, will hold primaries on Tuesday.
Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, has not endorsed any candidates. His former rival Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg and Kamala Harris have already expressed their support for former Vice President Biden.
The poll also showed that approximately six out of 10 Sanders supporters said they would vote for Biden if he ends up winning the nomination of the opposition party to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3 elections.
Three out of 10 announced that they will not vote, that they will support a third candidate or that they still do not know what they will do.
The Reuters / Ipsos survey was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. He collected responses from 1,114 American adults, including 541 who identified themselves as registered or independent Democrats. It has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.
(Report by Chris Kahn; edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)
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