Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats by 5 points, followed by Warren, Harris

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE is hanging on to the top spot in the Democratic primary field, leading his nearest rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (D-Mass.) by 5 points, according to an Economist-YouGov poll released Wednesday.

Biden notched 22 percent support among likely Democratic primary voters in the poll, while Warren finished in second place with 17 percent. In third was Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhy in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act MORE (D-Calif.), who took 14 percent support in the survey.

Rounding out the top five candidates were Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Lawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (I-Vt.) with 11 percent and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE, who received 5 percent of the vote. 


The Economist-YouGov poll is the latest showing some shuffling in the Democratic field.

Sanders has held the second-place spot behind Biden in most public surveys for months, but some recent polls have shown Warren and Harris nudging past him.

The RealClearPolitics average of polls still has Sanders in second place, trailing Biden by nearly 12 points.

Harris saw a significant bump in the Economist-YouGov survey following her confrontation with Biden during the first Democratic primary debate late last month, jumping from 7 percent in the poll to 15 percent in the week that followed.

That confrontation centered on the former vice president’s opposition to school “busing” during his early years as a senator in the 1970s. 

The most recent Economist-YouGov poll suggests, however, that Harris’s post-debate surge may be slowing down as attention shifts to the next round of primary debates set for later this month.

The poll surveyed 1,500 people, including 1,140 registered voters, in web-based interviews from July 7-9. It has a margin of error of 2.6 percent for the entire sample and 3 percent for registered voters.