Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Biden spotted at Wizards playoff game Trump’s wall jams GOP in shutdown talks MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders warns of possible nuclear war with North Korea Sanders: Trump tax plan ‘totally absurd’ Reviving Glass-Steagall: A solution in search of a problem MORE lead the field of potential Democratic presidential nominees in 2020, a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Tuesday shows.
When Democratic voters are asked to pick from a field of nine Democratic candidates, 31 percent pick the vice president and 24 percent favor the Vermont senator to be the Democratic nominee.
On the other hand, the PPP survey also found that Democratic voters want a younger candidate who hasn't run for president before. Sanders and Biden are both in their 70s and have run for the White House before.
Another 16 percent of poll respondents said they would vote for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders: Obama's 0K Wall Street speech 'unfortunate' Trump retweets Fox News video on Warren criticizing Obama Senate confirms Labor Secretary Acosta MORE (D-Mass.) if she ran, while 14 percent were undecided.
Other candidates mentioned have low support.
Only 4 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, while 2 percent each said they would pick Ohio Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownTrump talks big on trade, but workers need action Dems crowd primaries to challenge GOP reps Battle begins over Wall Street rules MORE, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
With the 2020 election nearly four years away, early polls generally only show which candidates have the strongest name recognition, which would explain while Biden, Sanders and Warren are emerging as top picks for Democratic voters.
PPP notes that Booker, Cuomo, Castro, Brown and Gillibrand all have less than 50 percent name recognition with Democrats nationally.
In 2012, polls gave Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioOvernight Defense: Commander calls North Korea crisis 'worst' he's seen | Trump signs VA order | Dems push Trump to fill national security posts What’s with Trump’s spelling mistakes? Boeing must be stopped from doing business with Iran MORE (R-Fla.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) large advantages, though they both ended their presidential bids early in the year.
However, polls also showed Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at NRA forum When political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in Trump bragged about election win during 100 days interview MORE dominating the field of prospective Democratic candidates, which she won despite a strong challenge from Sanders.
Fifty-seven percent of Democrats polled said they want their candidate to be under the age of 60, and 77 percent said they want their candidate to be younger than 70.
Biden and Sanders are 74 and 75, respectively.
Only 25 percent of Democrats said they want their candidate to be someone who has run for president before, while 41 prefer someone who hasn't, and 34 percent said they are not sure one way or the other.
“There’s a tension for Democrats nationally,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “They want new blood, but their most well known and popular figures don’t exactly fit that mold. Of course they have a long time to get that all figured out.”
The poll surveyed 400 Democratic primary voters on Dec. 6 and 7, and has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.