"Round 1 of the Democratic debates puts Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden on two different trajectories, as support for Harris surges but continues to slip for Biden", Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow said in a statement.
Although ABC News and The Washington Post qualify for approved Democratic National Committee poll sponsors for the primary debates in the future, Biden, Sanders, Harris, Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg look like they will be holding the spots for the top five candidates for the third democratic debate. Sanders also decreased slightly (from 19% to 13%), while Warren held steady. But that's a drop from 32 percent support in late May, while Harris, a California Senator whose exchange with Biden on racial discrimination was seen as a standout moment during the debates, saw her standing rise to 17 percent in the CNN poll, putting her in second place.
In June, a Quinnipiac poll had Biden enjoying a 30-percent support, while Harris was at 7 percent. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren making gains among primary voters.
While the results were positive for Harris - she saw her support almost double from 7 percent to 16 percent - there were some cracks in support for Biden. Among those who did not watch and did not follow the debate's media coverage, Biden maintained his lead, followed closely by Sanders. Harris comes in a distant second with 14 percent in today's poll, up from 2 percent in April.
A rising Democratic Party star and vocal critic of President Donald Trump, Harris, if elected, would be the first woman and woman of colour to be the President of the United States.
Harris saw her support in the state almost double compared to the beginning of June.
As other polls have found nationally, health care is the most important issue that would affect vote (29%) followed by climate change (18%). Among those who had picked a candidate, only about 35 per cent said they were "completely certain" they had made up their minds. Down 8 points from the Iowa Poll, he finishes fifth, at 6%.
When asked who did the worst job in the debates, 16 percent of these voters say self-help author Marianne Williamson, while Biden receives a almost identical 15 percent.