Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats by 2 points as Warren surges

Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats by 2 points as Warren surges
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report Giuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry Giuliani associate Lev Parnas discussed Ukraine with Trump at private dinner: report MORE holds a slim 2-point lead in the crowded Democratic presidential primary as he fends off a growing challenge from Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE (D-Mass.), according to a new Emerson College poll.

Biden gets the support of 25 percent of registered voters, a 6-point drop from the same poll in August. Meanwhile, Warren has surged to 23 percent support, an 8-point bump since last month’s survey. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.) rounds out the top three with 22 percent, a 2-point fall from August. 

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Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangNew Quinnipiac poll finds Biden leading in New Hampshire Intercollegiate athletics just got a two-minute warning AI and automation will disrupt our world — but only Andrew Yang is warning about it MORE comes in at fourth place at 8 percent, beating out South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Warren on winning over male voters: I was told to 'smile more' MORE with 6 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE (D-Calif.) at 4 percent. 

No other candidate polls higher than 2 percent.

The poll is one of several showing a tightening in the race among the top three candidates, while the rest of the 2020 contenders are relegated to the middle or bottom tiers. However, there is still hope for candidates hoping to improve their standing or overtake Biden — more than 52 percent of respondents said there is a chance they could change their minds.

Biden gets the support of 42 percent of voters aged 50 or older, while Sanders receives the support of 28 percent of voters under 50. Warren has 23 percent support from each group.

Among voters who backed Sanders’s insurgent 2016 primary against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Top diplomat said request for specific probes in Ukraine was 'contrary' to US policy Feehery: What Republicans must do to adapt to political realignment MORE, 37 percent still support him, while 23 percent back Warren, 10 percent support Biden and 9 percent back Yang.

Looking ahead to the general election, Warren and Biden are the Democratic contenders beating Trump, both by slim margins. Warren holds a 51-49 percent lead over the president, while Biden beats Trump by a 50-49 percent margin. Warren and Trump were tied in August’s poll, while Biden had an 8-point advantage last month.

The Emerson College poll surveyed 1,019 registered voters from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.