Poll: Biden, Sanders lead Trump in Iowa

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE both have the edge on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE in Iowa in a general election match-up, according to a new Emerson poll.

Biden leads Trump 53 percent to 47 percent in a head-to-head match-up, according to the poll, while Sanders leads Trump 51 percent to 49 percent.

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The poll found Trump ahead of other Democratic contenders. He led Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Mass.) 51 percent to 49 percent, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets MORE (D-N.J.) 52 percent to 48 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Calif.) 54 percent to 46 percent.

Adding Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, who has floated an independent bid, to the match-up hurt both Trump and Warren in a head-to-head, according to the poll. In a three-way race, Trump was at 48 percent, with Warren at 45 percent and Schultz at 7 percent.

Schultz’s entry into the race would also cost Sanders his general election advantage, according to the poll, which put a three-way match-up at 47 percent for Trump, 45 percent for Sanders and 8 percent for Schultz.

The Emerson survey, released Sunday, also found South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg surging to third place among preferred Democratic candidates, with 11 percent of likely Iowa caucusgoers polled selecting Buttigieg as their chosen 2020 nominee.

The poll surveyed 707 adults between March 21 and 24. It had a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.

-- Updated on March 25 at 2:54 p.m.