More chatter about Biden entry, Hillary wins debate, younger Democrats under-enthused about the field

By Dave Andrusko

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden

Talk about a tease. Vice President Biden, who has been dropping hints like breadcrumbs, the easier for reporters to follow him, seems on the brink of jumping into the presidential sweepstakes.

POLITICO’s headline is “Biden watch kicks into high gear.” By that Nick Gass is referring to the rumors, the hints, the back and forth between the Biden and Hillary Clinton camps that all point to a decision “soon” and perhaps to become a candidate for the third time.

If that wasn’t enough, “Sources tell FOX News Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry that Vice President Joe Biden will enter the presidential race.” (Henry is a very good reporter.) If you look at his full tweet it hedges on the timing:

Three sources close to @VP telling me he’s expected to announce he is running but the sources are all urging caution on 48-hr timeline

So there you are. What else happened today? An utterly unsurprising poll results that Hillary fared better among Democrats who watched last Tuesday’s debate.

“More than 6-in-10 Democrats who watched say Clinton did the best job, almost doubling the 35% who thought Sanders had the best performance,” according to CNN’s polling director Jennifer Agiesta. However (there’s always a however)

Clinton stands at 45% in the race for the Democratic nomination, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders behind her at 29%. Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a run for presidency and did not participate in last week’s debate, follows at 18%. …

Compared with pre-debate polling, Sanders’ support is up five points since mid-September, but no other candidate showed significant change.

One other interesting finding:

Overall, Democrats aren’t much more satisfied with their field now than they were in July before any debates had happened. While the share “very satisfied” has risen from 26% to 33%, the share saying they are at least fairly satisfied has held steady at about 7-in-10. Women do report feeling more satisfied with the field than men, but younger Democrats, a key group for Barack Obama’s general election victories, are far less satisfied with this field of candidates than older Democrats. Only about one-quarter of those under age 50 say they are very satisfied, compared with 40% of those age 50 or older.

Whomever the Democrats’ nominee is, she or he will attempt to put the band back together–the coalition that twice elected President Obama. That last figure suggests they have a ways to go.