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

Support for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Trump's debate performance was too little, too late Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit 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 WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE (D) followed with 9 percent and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCalls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas Texas Dems highlight health care in fight to flip state House Union leader vows 'infrequent' minority voters will help deliver Biden victory MORE (D-Texas) with 7 percent.

The weekly poll also found that support for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming Jennifer Aniston: 'It's not funny to vote for Kanye' 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 YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful 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