Biden, Sanders emerging as top picks in 2020 Democratic field: national poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power Bernie Sanders: 'This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome MORE (I-Vt.) are emerging as the most favored candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary presidential field, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News national poll released just more than a week before the Iowa caucuses. 

The survey found that Sanders and Biden are the only candidates registering at least 20 percent support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning registered voters. It also finds that the two candidates' support is steadily rising nationally ahead of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3. 

Thirty-two percent of respondents said they'd vote for Biden to be the Democratic nominee, representing a 4-point increase from a similar poll conducted in October. Sanders trails Biden with 23 percent support, which marks a 6-point jump from October. 

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Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Democratic senators ask inspector general to investigate IRS use of location tracking service MORE (D-Mass.) comes in a distant third, registering just 12 percent support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning registered voters. The new findings represent an 11-point slide from the previous poll in October. 

No other Democratic candidate registers double-figure support, with 8 percent favoring former New York City mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergDemocratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote Top Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation MORE and 7 percent supporting tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE. Five percent of respondents said they'd back former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBillionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice MORE, who has polled well in Iowa and New Hampshire, while 3 percent put their support behind Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Minn.). 

The new survey also shows that voter enthusiasm is high among Democrats as the primary season nears, with 73 percent of respondents saying they are certain to vote in their state's primary or caucuses. And many Democrats -- 53 percent -- are still open to the prospect of shifting their support to another candidate. 

Biden is also viewed by Democrats as the candidate best positioned to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE. Thirty-eight percent of  say Biden has the best chance of beating the president, pollsters found, while 18 percent say Sanders has the best shot. Ten percent say Warren has the best chance. 

Recent polls have increasingly indicated that Biden and Sanders have separated themselves from the rest of the Democratic primary field. A CNN national poll released last week showed that the two were in a statistical tie for the lead. A Monmouth survey unveiled that same day showed Biden with a 7-point lead over the progressive senator nationally.

The new Post-ABC News poll was conducted between Jan. 20 and Jan. 23 among a random national sample of 388 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, 349 of which are registered voters. The margin of error is 6 percentage points.