Biden maintains double-digit lead, Sanders in second: poll

Biden maintains double-digit lead, Sanders in second: poll
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A new Morning Consult poll shows former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKaty Perry and her 'Firework' close out inauguration TV special Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Tom Hanks: After years of 'troubling rancor,' Inauguration Day 'is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal' MORE with a 12-point lead nationally over the rest of the 2020 Democratic primary field as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Sanders's inauguration look promptly gets a bobblehead Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration MORE (I-Vt.) has moved into second place.

According to the poll, among Democratic primary voters, Biden led Democratic presidential candidates with 32 percent of the votes, followed by Sanders at 20 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Top Senate Democrat backs waiver for Biden Pentagon nominee Consumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration MORE (D-Mass.) placing third with 17 percent. 

No other Democratic candidate polled in double digits.


Biden also had a double-digit lead in the same poll last month, but Warren was the runner-up in that survey, 2 points ahead of Sanders.

The poll released Tuesday also specified results in early primary states Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

In this subset of Democratic voters, Biden's (29 percent) lead over Sanders (18 percent) and Warren (17 percent) was slightly less and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports MORE broke into double digits with the support of 10 percent of respondents.

In a recent Des Moines Register/CNN poll, Buttigieg, who has recently enjoyed a strong surge in Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucuses, leads Warren by 9 points. Biden and Sanders both trail by 10 points in the Hawkeye State.

However, a recent Quinnipiac poll shows Biden with a massive lead in South Carolina (33 percent) over Warren (13 percent), Sanders (11 percent) and Buttigieg (6 percent).

Morning Consult's latest poll is based on interviews with 17,050 Democratic voters conducted Nov. 11-17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point for the national results and plus or minus 4 percentage points for the early primary state voters.