New CNN Poll: 12-Point Decline for Harris, Biden Regains Double Digit Lead

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 8/20/2019 | Mary Chastain
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A new CNN/SSRS poll has some disappointing news for 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful California Sen. Kamala Harris.

Harris dropped to fourth place with only 5%, down from 17% in June. Former Vice President Joe Biden received a huge bump and regained his double-digit lead.

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Harris jumped up in polls after the first debates in June when she jumped from 8% in May to 17% in June in the CNN poll. A Quinnipiac poll had her at 20% after the debate. Did the second debate harm Harris? From CNN:

The second debate in Detroit didn’t cause most of Harris’ drop. She was already down to 12% in a late July poll by Quinnipiac.

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Still, the California senator seemed to be holding onto some of her first debate bounce coming into the CNN debates. I wrote at the time “why Kamala Harris needs another strong debate.” That didn’t happen.

Harris is now considerably weaker across the board. She dropped by over 10 points with whites and nonwhites. She declined by 9 points or more with those under the age of 50 as well those aged 50 and older.

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Her biggest drop might have been among liberals. She went from 24% in late June to only 4% now.

Harris’ decline is seen in other questions too. When asked which candidates they’d like to hear more about, 30% said Harris in late June. That was more than any other candidate. Now, only 18% say they want...
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