Poll: Buttigieg slips into fourth place as Biden widens lead

Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pence defends response, says Trump never 'belittled' virus threat MORE slipped into fourth place in a new survey from Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday, a sharp drop for the South Bend, Ind., mayor who less than a month ago surged into the second-place spot behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims The Memo: Scale of economic crisis sends shudders through nation The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention MORE.

Biden leads the pack in the latest poll with 29 percent support — up from 24 percent in November. Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Schumer: Administration 'must move heaven and earth' to implement new unemployment benefits Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Hillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees MORE (D-Mass.), meanwhile, are neck-and-neck, scoring 17 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

Buttigieg’s decline — from garnering the support of 16 percent of respondents last month to just 9 percent this month — puts him in fourth place, closer to the middle-tier of the Democratic presidential field than the three top-tier contenders. In fifth place is former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE at 5 percent and in sixth is former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll MORE at 4 percent, the poll shows.

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The poll is welcome news for the primary field’s top tier, giving Biden his first double-digit lead in a Quinnipiac survey since August and showing Sanders with his highest level of support since a Quinnipiac poll in June. 

Warren’s support is similar to the 14 percent she scored in last month’s survey, suggesting that her polling numbers may be stabilizing after a stark 14-point drop between October and November, Quinnipiac polling data shows. 

The poll also brings good news for Yang, giving him the fourth and final survey he needed to qualify for the next Democratic presidential debate on Dec. 19. That makes him the seventh active candidate to make the debate. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search Biden confirms he's considering Whitmer for VP MORE (D-Calif.) had qualified for the debate, but forfeited her place on stage when she suspended her campaign last week.

In hypothetical head-to-head match-ups, six Democratic presidential contenders appear on track to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE in 2020. 

Biden performs the best in that metric, with 51 percent of registered voters saying they would vote for him compared to 42 percent who said they planned on casting their ballots for Trump. Sanders isn’t far behind. Fifty-one percent said they would choose him compared to 43 percent who said they would vote for the incumbent.

Warren, Bloomberg, Buttigieg and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden MORE (D-Minn.) all bested Trump in hypothetical match-ups as well, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,553 registered voters, including 665 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters, from Dec. 4-9. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for the full sample and plus or minus 3.8 points for the Democratic and Democratic-leaning respondents.