Poll: Biden holds 7-point lead over Sanders as Warren drops to third

Poll: Biden holds 7-point lead over Sanders as Warren drops to third
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE holds a 7-point lead over the rest of the 2020 Democratic primary field as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDebate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Hillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' MORE (D-Mass.) dropped to third in a new Emerson College poll released Wednesday.

Biden gets the support of 32 percent of Democratic primary voters, trailed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE (I-Vt.) with 25 percent and Warren with 12 percent. No other candidate breaks double digits.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Funky Academic:' Public has been 'groomed to measure progress by firsts' Biden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans MORE (D) and tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangAdams touts momentum after poll shows him leading Yang in NYC race Yang gets key endorsement from former opponent in NYC mayor race Yang expands lead in NYC mayor race: poll MORE round out the top five with 8 percent and 6 percent support, respectively.


The poll marks a boost for Biden, who advanced 5 points from the same poll in November, while Sanders lost 2 points and Warren fell 8 points.

The Emerson College survey marks a sliding trend in the polls for Warren after a summer surge as a slew of her primary competitors hammer her over her policies, including how she would pay for her “Medicare for All” plan.

Sanders solidifies his support in the poll among voters under 50, winning 36 percent support from the group, while Biden and Warren get 22 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Biden continues to dominate with voters over 50, leading the rest of the field among the demographic with 45 percent, trailed by Warren with 14 percent.

“Warren appears to be losing to Sanders with younger voters, and losing to Biden with older voters, making it difficult for her to secure a base. With less than 50 days until the Iowa caucus, this strategy of waiting for Sanders or Biden to fall is looking shaky,” said Emerson Polling Director Spencer Kimball. 

The poll also shows Sanders with a 9-point lead over Biden among Hispanic voters, while the former vice president still holds a commanding 33-point lead among African American voters. Buttigieg continues to poll low among voters of color, fueling speculation as to how far his campaign can go after the first two nominating contests in heavily white Iowa and New Hampshire. 

“The fact that Pete Buttigieg garners absolutely no support among African-American and Hispanic voters is a major problem for his campaign as he will struggle to compete in the early states beyond Iowa and New Hampshire unless that changes,” said Emerson College research assistant Brendan Kane. 

The Emerson College poll surveyed 525 Democratic primary voters from Dec. 15 to 17 and has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.