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Buttigieg surges to second place behind Biden as Warren sinks: poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE retook the national lead in the Democratic primary in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican MORE leapfrogged into second place.

Biden gets the support of 24 percent of Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic, retaking the lead from Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE (D-Mass.) after seeing his support rise 3 points from the previous Oct. 24 poll.

Buttigieg surged into second place from fourth, with 16 percent support, up 6 points from October. Meanwhile Warren sank to third place from first after seeing her support drop to 14 percent from 28 percent in October.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale On The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (I-Vt.) fell to fourth place from third, with his support falling 2 points to 13 percent. 

“Biden is back on top of the pack but now there is a 3-way race for second. Buttigieg has broken into the top tier, apparently at the expense of Warren, who has taken a dive after being hammered for being too far left on health care and other issues,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy. 

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg5 former Treasury secretaries back Biden's plan to increase tax enforcement on wealthy On The Money: Biden ends infrastructure talks with Capito, pivots to bipartisan group | Some US billionaires had years where they paid no taxes: report | IRS to investigate leak Feds looking into release of wealthy Americans' tax info MORE, who officially entered the primary race this week, is tied for fifth place at 3 percent with Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration I visited the border and the vice president should too Texas governor announces plan to build southern border wall MORE (D-Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHouse unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' Senate Democrats befuddled by Joe Manchin MORE (D-Minn.).

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerTeen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.), entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangMary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad Ocasio-Cortez endorses Maya Wiley in NYC mayoral race NYC mayoral candidate hit with second allegation of sexual misconduct MORE, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenate panel advances nominations for key Treasury positions Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks Colorado lawmakers invite Harris to tour state's space industry MORE (D-Colo.) each receive 2 percent. 

Another 11 percent of voters are undecided.

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Besides giving Biden back the lead, 46 percent of Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic view him as the candidate who has the best chance of winning against Trump, while 10 percent say the same of Warren and Sanders and 6 percent say the same of Buttigieg.

Tuesday’s figures come amid a polling surge for Buttigieg — three consecutive Iowa surveys show the Indiana Democrat leading in the Hawkeye State’s caucus while another New Hampshire poll shows him edging out the competition in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary.

The Quinnipiac University survey also marks a continuing of a recent slide for Warren, who has seen her poll numbers dip amid intense scrutiny over her “Medicare for All” policy.

The health care plan, a centerpiece of Warren’s White House bid, has grown less popular in the poll. Thirty-six percent of American voters say it is a good idea and 52 percent say it is a bad idea. The same poll in March found that 43 percent thought Medicare for All was a good idea compared with 45 percent who disagreed.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 574 Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic from Nov. 21-25 and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.