Biden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment Biden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.) lead the field of potential Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election, according to a poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers released Saturday.

Biden was the first choice of 32 percent of respondents, and Sanders, who finished second in the Democratic primary in 2016, followed with 19 percent.

"This is obviously a warm welcome to some people who are really familiar to caucusgoers in the state," said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., the firm that conducted the poll. "But there’s also some welcoming of newcomers who are only now starting to come to the state and get to know the people who could shape their future."

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Despite the top two candidates being veteran politicians, 36 percent of respondents said that a political "newcomer" is best suited to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE, according to the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll.

Outgoing Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' Language is a weapon in political warfare — if the media play along MORE (D-Texas), who was favored by 11 percent of respondents, may fill that desire. O'Rourke was propelled into the presidential discussion after a close Senate race loss to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war MORE (R-Texas).

He has met with a number of prominent Democrats in recent weeks, including former President Obama and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running Press: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism MORE (D-Mass.) was the only other candidate to receive more than 5 percent of support, with 8 percent.

Democratic Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism New book questions Harris's record on big banks MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Poll: Biden support hits record low of 26 percent The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Warren on winning over male voters: I was told to 'smile more' MORE (Minn.), all of whom have visited Iowa, were the first choices for 5, 4, and 3 percent of those polled, respectively. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also polled at 3 percent.

Biden and Sanders also had the highest name recognition among those included in the survey, with only 4 percent of respondents having no opinion them. 

Warren had the next highest share of people with a position on her with 84 percent, followed by Bloomberg at 71, O’Rourke at 64, Booker at 61 and Harris at 59 percent.

So far, none of the candidates have announced a campaign.

The poll asked likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa, the first state to hold caucuses, which candidate they would prefer out of a list of 20. The poll surveyed 455 people between Dec. 10-13, with a margin of error of 4.6 points.

The results of the Iowa poll lines up with a national survey on potential Democratic nominees from Friday that had Biden, with 30 percent, Sanders, with 14 percent, and O'Rourke, with 9 percent, as the three front-runners.