New polling shows Joe Biden wasn't hurt politically by women coming forward in recent days to say he touched them inappropriately in the past. In fact, he would hold a strong lead as the front-runner if he were to enter the 2020 Democratic presidential race as he's hinted he will likely do.
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At least four women accused Biden of unwanted physical contact over the past week and a half, The Telegraph reported, leading pundits to speculate whether the allegations could threaten his anticipated presidential bid.
Biden responded to the claims by issuing a statement denying any ill intentions while promising to "be more mindful about respecting personal space," and made light of the issue by joking about it during a public appearance.
Democrats appear to accept that, while Biden's defenders insist he's just an affectionate guy. Even Biden's first accuser, former Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores (D), said she would still support Biden over Trump in a general election, without question.
A new poll conducted by Morning Consult shows Biden as the clear favorite among Democratic primary voters surveyed last week, 32 percent of whom support the former vice president. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came in second place with 23 percent support, far-outdistancing third place candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), who pulled in 9 percent.
Democratic women were notably unfazed by the purported touching scandal, showing a mere 0.8 percent drop in support for Biden from the week before the allegations, the Daily Mail reported.
According to The Hill, a second poll released Monday by Hill-HarrisX showed Biden leading the Democratic field with 28 percent support from Democrats and independents, with Sanders receiving 20 percent support and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) coming in third with 8 percent support.
The Independent reported that Biden has said he has "95 percent" decided to make a third bid for the White House in 2020. The 76-year-old has strength in his name recognition and a bevy of Washington allies from his decades in public service.
Several critics have voiced concern that Biden is too old to run for president, but with 77-year-old Sanders second among Democratic voters, age doesn't appear to be a concern to the electorate, either.