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 BidenBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report 21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan MORE holds a slim 2-point lead in the crowded Democratic presidential primary as he fends off a growing challenge from Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs Manchin dampens progressive hopes for billionaires tax Merkley, Warren and Markey sound alarm over 'dirty' hydrogen provision in climate deal 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 SandersDemocrats hope to hold Big Oil 'accountable' On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? Democrats cutting paid leave from spending deal amid Manchin opposition MORE (I-Vt.) rounds out the top three with 22 percent, a 2-point fall from August. 


Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangBill Maher pushes back on criticism of Chappelle: 'What the f--- was that reaction?' Progressive economic theories run into some inconvenient truths Andrew Yang weighs in on Dave Chappelle: Artists should get 'wide berth' for self-expression MORE comes in at fourth place at 8 percent, beating out South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Unanswered questions remain for Buttigieg, Biden on supply chain catastrophe MORE with 6 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRNC targets McAuliffe, Biden campaign event with mobile billboard Obama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech 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 ClintonTrump to attend World Series Game 4 in Atlanta Pavlich: Democrats' weaponization of the DOJ is back Mellman: The trout in the milk 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.