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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE is hanging on to the top spot in the Democratic primary field, leading his nearest rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Becerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All 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 HarrisTo unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination MORE (D-Calif.), who took 14 percent support in the survey.

Rounding out the top five candidates were Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Sanders slams parliamentarian decision on minimum wage Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill MORE (I-Vt.) with 11 percent and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSenate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau 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.