Warren beats Buttigieg; Biden in fourth in new Iowa poll

White House hopeful Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast MORE (D-Mass.) has an 8-point lead over the rest of the 2020 Democratic primary field in the crucial early caucus state of Iowa, according to a new Civiqs poll released Thursday.

Twenty-eight percent of likely Iowa caucus voters said that Warren is their first choice, followed by 20 percent for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAdvocates see pilot program to address inequalities from highways as crucial first step Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE, 18 percent for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Bernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions MORE (I-Vt.) and 12 percent for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE


None of the remaining candidates polled broke double digits.

The poll is the latest in Iowa to show a lead for Warren, who has recently ranked at the top in several other national and early-state surveys.

Warren leads in every voting demographic except independents and voters aged 18-34, who back Sanders by 9- and 6-point margins, respectively.

The poll is also welcome news for Buttigieg, who has worked to cast himself to centrist voters as an alternative to Biden. The Indiana Democrat saw a surge in donations and attention after last week’s debate in which he hammered Warren over her “Medicare for All” platform after she ducked questions about whether she would raise taxes on middle class families. 

Buttigieg also holds a slim 19 percent to 18 percent advantage over Warren among independents.

The Iowa poll comes as other surveys show Biden's overall lead in the 2020 race has narrowed, as measured in the RealClearPolitics polling index, though he still has strong support in other polls, including a CNN poll released Wednesday that showed him with a double-digit lead in the primary field.

The Civiqs poll surveyed 598 likely Democratic caucus attendees from Oct. 18-22 and has a margin of error of 5 percent.