Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Sanders slams parliamentarian decision on minimum wage Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill MORE (I-Vt.) has wide leads over the Democratic presidential field in Michigan and Wisconsin but is facing a tighter race in Pennsylvania, according to a poll released Sunday. 

Sanders holds a 17-point lead over his closest competitors in Wisconsin, based on the University of Wisconsin-Madison survey

Sanders has 30 percent support in the battleground state, pollsters found. The rest of the top-tier Democratic candidates are lumped together within 1 percentage point of one another. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE and Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergOn The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 MORE both register 13 percent support in Wisconsin, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Becerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSenate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau MORE trail closely behind with 12 percent support each.


Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings MORE (D-Minn.) has 9 percent support in Wisconsin. 

The poll also found Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren all beat President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE in general election match-ups in the battleground state. The poll did not include a Bloomberg contest against Trump. 

Sanders, meanwhile, has a 9-point lead over his closest competitor in Michigan at 25 percent support. 

Biden is in second in Michigan at 16 percent, trailed by Warren and Bloomberg at 13 percent each, based on the poll. Buttigieg is behind them at 11 percent, with Klobuchar trailing at 8 percent. 

The five candidates also all beat Trump in match-ups in Michigan, based on the poll. 


In Pennsylvania, Sanders again leads the Democratic field but by a narrower 5-point margin with 25 percent.

Biden is in second place in Pennsylvania at 20 percent, with Bloomberg close behind at 19 percent, based on the poll. 

Buttigieg is in fourth at 12 percent, with Warren at 9 percent and Klobuchar at 5 percent. 

Biden and Sanders each have a small lead over Trump in match-ups against the president in Pennsylvania, based on the poll. Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Warren each tied Trump. 

The survey polled 1,300 people in Michigan, 1,300 in Pennsylvania and 1,000 in Wisconsin. The margin of error for the full sample in each state ranges between 3 and 4 percentage points.