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Biden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll

Biden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE leads the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, with Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Government watchdog to investigate allegations of Trump interference at CDC, FDA MORE (D-Mass.) tied for second place, according to a new national poll.

A survey released Friday from NBC News-Survey Monkey finds Biden at 25 percent support, a 9-point lead over Sanders and Warren, who are tied for second place with 16 percent support each. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter As VP Kamala Harris could be a powerful voice for women's retirement security The clock is ticking and Trump is still taking a shellacking MORE (Calif.) is close behind, with 14 percent support.

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The NBC News-Survey Monkey online survey was conducted in the two weeks following the first Democratic debate, between July 2 and July 16.

The results are in line with what most other recent polls have found. Biden maintains a significant but not insurmountable lead over the field. Sanders has held steady in the front of the pack of candidates chasing Biden, while Warren and Harris have cemented their standing alongside him as top contenders for the nomination.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE, who raised more money in the second quarter than any other candidate, is in fifth place at 8 percent in the poll. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), whose fundraising fell dramatically this quarter, is at 3 percent, along with Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker 'outs' Cruz as vegan; Cruz jokingly decries 'scurrilous attack' Why Latinos should oppose Barrett confirmation Judiciary Committee sets vote on Barrett's nomination for next week MORE (N.J.). Every other candidate is at 2 percent or less.

The survey also found President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE’s approval rating at 48 percent, up from 45 percent in September. Fifty-one percent of voters said they disapprove of the job Trump is doing, down from 54 percent.

According to data from Gallup, Trump posted the best average approval rating of his presidency in the second quarter of 2019 at 42.9 percent, beating his previous best of 41.9 percent. The latest Gallup survey found Trump’s approval rating at 44 percent, down from his high of 46 percent in mid-April.

The NBC News-Survey Monkey poll does not fully account for Trump’s latest racial controversy, in which he said four Democratic women of color should “go back” to other countries.

At a reelection rally last night in North Carolina, Trump ramped up his criticism, provoking the crowd to break into a chant of “send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarVeterans launch pro-law enforcement super PAC with battlegrounds ad buys Kamala Harris and the stereotypes we place on Black women Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair MORE (D-Minn.), a U.S. citizen from Somalia.

However, the poll found that Trump’s focus on the migrant crisis at the southern border may be impacting public opinion. A plurality of voters, 22 percent, said immigration is the most important issue to them, up from 15 percent in the previous survey, followed by 21 percent who said health care and 21 percent who said jobs.

The NBC News-Survey Monkey poll of 13,533 registered voters was conducted online and has a 1.2 percentage point margin of error.