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Tumbling Biden Is Tied With Warren and Sanders, Poll Finds

Former vice president fell from 32% in June to 19%
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2019 5:05 PM CDT
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to reporters Saturday in New Hampshire.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(Newser) – It's only one poll, but the Monmouth University results released Monday indicate that Joe Biden may not be the Democratic front-runner at the moment. Biden came in with support from 19% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters—a plunge from 32% in June. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders rated 20% each in the national poll, which was taken last week. Biden has fallen out of favor with many voters who identify as conservative or moderate, the Hill reports, and Warren and Biden have picked up support from those two categories. Moderates now "are swinging more toward one of the left-leaning contenders with high name recognition," the poll director said. Kamala Harris was next with 8%, same as she polled in June.

The top three had similarly strong favorable ratings, per CNN. But Warren has a considerably lower unfavorable rating—13%, while Biden's is 25%, and Sanders is at 24%. As for the rest of the field, the poll found Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg at 4%; Andrew Yang at 3%; and Julián Castro, Beto O'Rourke, and Marianne Williamson at 2%. Ten candidates have qualified for the next debate, per Politico. Tom Steyer, who polled 0% in the Monmouth poll, is one poll short of a debate spot; he needs to draw at least 2% in a qualifying poll by Wednesday to win a spot onstage. The Monmouth poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.7 percentage points. (Read more Joe Biden 2020 stories.)

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