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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE retook the national lead in the Democratic primary in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 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 WarrenBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Biden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver 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.


Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Sanders: Progressives will work to 'rally the American people' if Biden wins 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 BloombergEverytown hits GOP on gun safety in closing .5M battleground ad barrage A closing argument: Why voters cannot trust Trump on healthcare Biden campaign swamps Trump on TV airwaves MORE, who officially entered the primary race this week, is tied for fifth place at 3 percent with Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Obama says he voted by mail: 'It's not as tough as a lot of folks think' Clean energy opportunities in a time of crisis MORE (D-Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDurbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing MORE (D-Minn.).

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE (D-N.J.), entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful MORE, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetCotton mocks NY Times over claim of nonpartisanship, promises to submit op-eds as test Democrats sense momentum for expanding child tax credit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' MORE (D-Colo.) each receive 2 percent. 

Another 11 percent of voters are undecided.


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.