Poll shows Buttigieg in third behind Biden, Sanders in Iowa

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership 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 BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn Washington, the road almost never taken Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble 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 WarrenIn Washington, the road almost never taken Senate poised to battle over Biden's pick of big bank critic Treasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post 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.