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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race 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: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men 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 BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE and 7 percent supporting tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangSolving the coronavirus economic downturn — good psychology makes for good politics and policy Andrew Yang nonprofit to dole out checks to 500 households Senate GOP mulls forgivable loans to businesses to halt layoffs, bankruptcies MORE. Five percent of respondents said they'd back former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE, who has polled well in Iowa and New Hampshire, while 3 percent put their support behind Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men 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 TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools 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.