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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE retook the national lead in the Democratic primary in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Candidates weighing using private jets to get to Iowa Biden nabs endorsement from Iowa Democrat in swing district 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 Ann WarrenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial 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 SandersKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters 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 Rubens BloombergPoll: 68 percent of Democrats say it 'makes no difference' if a candidate is a billionaire Chicago mayor weighing possible Bloomberg endorsement Judge Judy's verdict: Ignoring Bloomberg's record to endorse others made no sense MORE, who officially entered the primary race this week, is tied for fifth place at 3 percent with Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (D-Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Moore defends Sanders's reputation: 'We don't want the fake, and the phony and the fraudulent' MORE (D-Minn.).

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter 'insulting and contemptuous' Black caucus in Nevada: 'Notion that Biden has all of black vote is not true' The Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two MORE (D-N.J.), entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial John Leguizamo joins the 'Yang Gang' CNN to host two straight nights of Democratic town halls before NH primary MORE, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Impeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators Sanders says it's 'disappointing' he's not on campaign trail in Iowa 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.