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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE is hanging on to the top spot in the Democratic primary field, leading his nearest rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate 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 Devi HarrisHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-Calif.), who took 14 percent support in the survey.

Rounding out the top five candidates were Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down MORE (I-Vt.) with 11 percent and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race South Bend police officer resigns after killing of black man 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.