Former Vice President Joe Biden, shown during May 2017 visit to San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

A new poll by the respected Public Policy Institute of California shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a small lead among Democratic presidential contenders in the Golden State.

Among respondents who said they were likely to vote in the March 3 Democratic primary, support for Biden was at 24%, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 23%, Sen. Bernie Sanders at 17%, Sen. Kamala Harris at 8%, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7% and Venture for America founder Andrew Yang at 5%.

No other candidate was preferred by more than 1 percent of survey respondents, while 9 percent were undecided.

Support for Biden was highest among older voters and men, while Warren did best with women and younger voters.

“The Democratic presidential primary remains in a fluid state, with most likely voters saying they want the candidate who seems most likely to defeat Donald Trump in November 2020,” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the nonpartisan research institute in San Francisco.

The survey results, which were released Monday, also showed strong support for Trump’s impeachment, with 53% of likely voters and 57% of adults favoring his removal.

“Majorities of Californians favor the president’s impeachment and removal from office, while they have
mixed views on how Democrats in Congress are handling the impeachment inquiry,” Baldassare said.

With several Democratic debates scheduled prior to the primary, likely voters who were polled said they are most interested in hearing the candidates talk about health care (21%), the environment (14%), the economy (13%), and immigration (12%).

The survey data is based on telephone interviews with 1,711 California adults from Nov. 3 to 12.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.