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Poll shows Buttigieg in third behind Biden, Sanders in Iowa

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year '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' MORE is in third place among Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa, according to a new poll of Democratic voters in the state.

The Monmouth University Poll survey released Thursday shows Buttigieg with the support of 9 percent of voters polled, putting him behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.).

Biden, who has not yet declared his candidacy, leads the Democratic field with the support of 27 percent of respondents, while Sanders is sitting at 16 percent, according to the poll.

Buttigieg, who is expected to formally announce his campaign on Sunday, was polling at less than 1 percent in Monmouth's March poll on the same topic

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Thursday's poll is the second in recent weeks to show Buttigieg in third place in Iowa. An Emerson College poll published last month showed Buttigieg with the support of 11 percent of likely Iowa caucusgoers surveyed and also put him behind only Biden and Sanders. 

The Monmouth poll had a margin of error of 5.2 percentage points, just under the 6.2 percentage points in the Emerson poll.

Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement that Buttigieg could continue to ascend in Iowa. 

“Buttigieg’s current standing in the horse race is impressive given that nearly half of likely Democratic caucusgoers have yet to form an opinion of him. He has one of the best positive to negative ratios in the field. He could move up if he is able to maintain that rating as he introduces himself to more voters," Murray said. 

Following Buttigieg in the poll are Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill Overnight Defense: Defense bill moving forward despite Trump veto threat over tech fight | Government funding bill hits snag | Top general talks Afghanistan, Pentagon budget Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer' MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMiddle East: Quick start for Biden diplomacy Hillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' Top intelligence official says China targeting foreign influence at incoming Biden administration MORE (D-Calif.) at 7 percent each. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) is in sixth, with 6 percent. 

The poll's results are based on interviews with 351 Democratic voters in Iowa from April 4 to April 9.