Poll: Support for Sanders among college students reaches highest level since April

Support for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (I-Vt.) among college students climbed to its highest mark since April, according to a new weekly Chegg-College Pulse poll.

The latest figures, released Thursday, found that 29 percent of likely Democratic voters attending college or university picked Sanders as their top choice for president. Support for Sanders in this election cycle peaked at 32 percent in April.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll MORE were the only other White House contenders to win double-digit support in the Democratic field. Twenty-two percent of Democratic participants picked Warren, while 10 percent chose Biden. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE (D) followed with 9 percent and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats NRA deems O'Rourke 'Salesman of the Month' after Arizona gun store sells out of AR-15s during 'Beto Special' MSNBC 'Climate in Crisis' special draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot MORE (D-Texas) with 7 percent.

The weekly poll also found that support for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (D-Calif.) dropped for the first time since June. Six percent of college voters said they support Harris, a 2 percentage point decline from the previous week.

Long-shot candidate Andrew YangAndrew Yang2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum Yang: 'Cancel culture' has become source of 'fear' for Americans Hundreds of thousands turn out in New York, other major cities for climate marches MORE rounded out the list of candidates polling greater than 1 percent, with 5 percent support.

College Pulse CEO Terren Klein told Hill.TV this week that college students are poised to play a decisive role in the 2020 presidential election. Klein estimated that from 2014 to 2018, voter participation among students has jumped as much as 80 percent.

He said Democratic candidates should not overlook this key demographic on the campaign trail. Unlike some voting blocs, Klein said, students don't care as much about electability as they do issues such as the environment.

“If you’re trying to connect with college students, you should really be focusing on what issues are important to them,” he said.

Chegg polled more than 1,500 college students nationwide from Aug. 13-14. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points. 

—Tess Bonn