Iowa poll: Biden and Sanders tied, with Buttigieg in close third

Iowa poll: Biden and Sanders tied, with Buttigieg in close third
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A new 2020 Democratic presidential caucus poll of Iowa voters found Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Angst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE (I-Vt.) tied for first place with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE, who has yet to formally declare his candidacy. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Chasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians MORE (D) came in close behind the two well-known Democrats. 

Sanders and Biden both stood at 19 percent in the poll from nonpartisan research firm Gravis Marketing, which was conducted April 17-18 and released Monday.

Buttigieg came in third place among Democratic candidates with 14 percent, but was outflanked by voters who said they were “uncertain,” at 16 percent. Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE (D-Mass.) both polled at 6 percent.


A majority of respondents — 57 percent — were 50 or older, and 58 percent were women. A majority also described themselves as either somewhat liberal (38 percent) or very liberal (25 percent).

The Gravis poll is the latest to show a surge in popularity for Buttigieg, who entered a crowded field with little name recognition. The 37-year-old mayor raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019 and was also in third place in a national poll released April 15, which showed he would be the second choice of 17 percent of Biden voters should the former vice president decide not to run.

Last week, Buttigieg told CNN his insurgent campaign has “outlived the flavor of the month period” and next intends to focus on "the sometimes unglamorous work of building out those early state organizations, building the fundraising, doing the grass-roots volunteer organizing that will power us all the way through into next year.”

The poll surveyed 590 adults and has a 4-point margin of error, according to Gravis.