Poll: Buttigieg slips into fourth place as Biden widens lead

Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote 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 BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE.

Biden leads the pack in the latest poll with 29 percent support — up from 24 percent in November. Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low 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 BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE at 5 percent and in sixth is former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangHillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives feel momentum after primary night Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden 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 HarrisJaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter 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 TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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 KlobucharDemocrats: A moment in history, use it wisely The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus 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.