National poll finds tight race between Biden, Sanders and Warren

A new national survey of the Democratic presidential primary finds a three-way race for the nomination, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' MORE barely leading Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.).

The latest poll from The Economist-YouGov finds Biden at 22 percent support, followed by Sanders at 19 percent and Warren at 17 percent. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? MORE (D-Calif.) registers 8 percent support and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE comes in at 7 percent.

The Economist-YouGov survey finds a closer race nationally than most other polls. Biden leads the field by nearly 13 points in the RealClearPolitics average, with most other recent surveys putting his level of support in the 30 percent range.

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Sanders has surged back into contention, according to the new poll, gaining more than any other candidate over the same survey from last month. That poll found Biden at 25 percent, followed by Warren at 18 and Sanders at 13.

But Warren might have the most room to grow — 50 percent of Democrats surveyed said they’re considering voting for her, compared to 45 percent who said the same of Biden and 44 percent who said they’re considering Sanders.

A strong majority of Democrats, 60 percent, said they would prefer to nominate a candidate who can defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE over a candidate who agrees with them on the issues.

The Economist-YouGov survey of 1,500 U.S. adults was conducted between Aug. 17 and 20 and has a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points. The Economist-YouGov pulls from a recruited panel of more than 10,000 respondents who are surveyed regularly.