The one thing Joe Biden still has going for him is voters think he is the most electable in a year in which voters are prizing electability. In our poll, 43% of potential Democratic primary voters say Biden has the best chance to beat Trump. That's significantly higher than Bernie Sanders (13%), Kamala Harris (12%) or Elizabeth Warren (12%).
While it's difficult to know which candidate will eventually be the most electable, you can understand why voters think Biden has the most crossover appeal.
Take a look at the net favorability (favorable-unfavorable) ratings among the top four Democrats among those voters who are not Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents.
- Biden: -42 points
- Harris: -46 points
- Sanders: -57 points
- Warren: -55 points
Biden, in other words, has the "best" rating among non-Democrats of the top contenders. Interestingly, Biden's net favorability rating is actually up 2 points from late May, even though his standing among Democrats has fallen. Harris' rating has also improved since about a month ago.
Meanwhile, the two candidates on the left part of the party, Sanders and Warren, have the worst rating.
It's not all good news for Biden on the electability front, however. Less voters think he is the most electable than previously. When Quinnipiac University asked potential Democratic primary voters who they thought had the best chance of beating Trump in April, 56% said Biden.