Poll: Sanders jumps 7 percentage points among college students
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) jumped 7 percentage points in college student support, according to a poll released Thursday.
The College Reaction-Axios poll asked college students who their favored 2020 presidential candidates are and saw Sanders receive the support of 22.5 percent of respondents, 7 percentage points higher than in September’s poll. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slipped 3.6 percentage points from her former top spot to 15.9 percent support, placing her in third behind President Trump.
Warren’s drop reflects national poll trends, which followed her explanation of how to pay for “Medicare for All.”
Trump received the second highest support at 17.3 percent, but the poll noted that Democratic student votes are more divided because of the number of candidates.
In September’s poll, Warren had overtaken former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead from July with the support of almost 20 percent of students, compared to Biden’s 13.1 percent. Biden earned 12.3 percent backing in this poll.
Behind them, entrepreneur Andrew Yang slipped to 9.3 percent support and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg rose to 8.2 percent. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who dropped out of the race Tuesday, measured at 2.8 percent.
Buttigieg had the second highest rise out of any other candidate, which also followed national trends.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) all sat at 2.6 percent support or less.
The College Reaction-Axios poll surveyed 1,026 college students between Dec. 2 and 4. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
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