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 BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE holds a slim 2-point lead in the crowded Democratic presidential primary as he fends off a growing challenge from Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick Biden's economic team gets mixed reviews from Senate Republicans 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 SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed MORE (I-Vt.) rounds out the top three with 22 percent, a 2-point fall from August. 


Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' MORE comes in at fourth place at 8 percent, beating out South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE with 6 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWho will replace Harris in Senate? 'Rising' discusses Wisconsin formally declares Biden won election following recount Moderate Democrats: Everyone's older siblings 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 ClintonBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Katko fends off Democratic opponent in New York race Harris County GOP chairman who made racist Facebook post resigns 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.