Poll: Biden lead over Sanders narrows to 5 points in South Carolina

Poll: Biden lead over Sanders narrows to 5 points in South Carolina
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE's lead in South Carolina continues to narrow as the state's primary inches closer, according to a new CBS News-YouGov survey

The poll, which was finished before Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.) won the Nevada caucuses, revealed that Biden's support has fallen by double-digits and that he leads the progressive senator by just 5 points. Biden, who once led the field by nearly 30 points, earned 28 percent support among Democratic voters and independents who plan to vote in the primary. 

Twenty-three percent of respondents said that they would place their support behind Sanders. Billionaire activist Tom SteyerTom SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls MORE came in third, with 18 percent of respondents saying they favored him as the nominee. 


Meanwhile, 12 percent of respondents said they favored Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass.), while 10 percent said they would back former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE. Just 4 percent of voters said they supported Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.). 

Former New York City mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (D) is not competing in South Carolina, instead focusing his campaign on Super Tuesday states. 

Despite poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden's campaign has continued to express confidence about his standing in the field, claiming that diverse states such as South Carolina will propel his candidacy. He finished in second place in Nevada, the first state to hold a nominating contest that is not overwhelmingly white, but the latest survey shows that his support has fallen significantly among African Americans in South Carolina. 

Biden still leads in that category with 35 percent support, though the figure represent a 19-point decline since November. Steyer, who had just 2 percent support among that bloc last fall, now has 24 percent support. Sanders is close behind with 23 percent support among African Americans, which make up a majority of the Democratic electorate in South Carolina. 

Biden on Sunday attributed his decline in support among African Americans to Steyer's campaign, saying, "I think a lot’s happening in terms of the amount of money being spent by billionaires to try to cut into the African American vote."


The CBS-YouGov survey also found that three in 10 voters who supported Biden in November have switched their support, with about half of those now backing Steyer.

Sanders further cemented his status at the frontrunner to be the Democratic nominee with a decisive victory at the Nevada caucuses on Saturday. The win comes on the heels of a win in New Hampshire and as polls show him far outpacing his competitors. 

The CBS-YouGov survey was conducted among a sample of 2,000 registered South Carolina voters between Feb. 20 and Feb. 22. It has margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.