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Bernie Sanders is Far More Popular With Voters Who Say They Aren't Paying Any Attention

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Former Vice President Joe Biden shot well ahead of his nearest competitors for the 2020 Democratic nomination in the latest Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has emerged as the candidate who’s far more popular with voters that say they aren’t paying attention.

The poll found that Biden is currently the only presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, with a clear positive favorability rating, with 49 percent of voters having a favorable opinion of the 76-year-old former vice president and 39 percent having a negative opinion of him.

Biden also surged ahead as the top pick for the Democratic party nomination with a 19-point lead over the next-closest candidate. Of Democrats or voters leaning Democratic, 36 percent supported Biden. Sanders lagged behind in second place with 16 percent and Warren came in a close third, garnering 13 percent.

Among voters who have paid little or zero attention to the 2020 race, Sanders came out on top with 28 percent. Biden garnered 23 percent of support and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) came in at third place with six percent in the same category of respondents. An additional 22 percent said they didn’t know which candidate to support.

Among voters who have paid some attention to the 2020 race, Biden was the number one pick, with 33 percent of votes. Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) followed behind in second and third place, garnering 19 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

Finally, among voters who have paid a lot of attention to the 2020 race, Biden remained in the top spot with an even higher result of 42 percent. The same category of individuals backed Warren for second place with 15 percent and Sanders fell to third, garnering eight percent among Americans that closely followed the presidential campaign.