Former Vice President Joe Biden is once again leading the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, topping the field of candidates with 24% of the vote, but newcomer Michael Bloomberg, who just entered the race, tied with two candidates and came in ahead of several others, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Tuesday afternoon.
According to the poll conducted from Nov. 21-25 of 1,355 self-identified registered votes:
- Biden 24%.
- South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg 16%.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., 14%.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 13%.
- Bloomberg 3%.
- Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., 3%.
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., 3%.
- Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., 2%.
- Andrew Yang 2%.
- Julian Castro 2%.
- Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., 2%.
No other candidates came in at over 1%, and 11% remained undecided. The poll carried an overall margin of error of 3.2 percentage points and included 574 Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic. Among the Democratic group, the margin of error was 4.9 percentage points.
"Biden is back on top of the pack, but now there is a 3-way race for second," Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy commented. "Buttigieg has broken into the top tier, apparently at the expense of Warren, who has taken a dive after being hammered for being too far left on health care and other issues."
When voters were asked for their second choice:
- Warren 20%.
- Biden 12%.
- Sanders 11%.
- Buttigieg 10%.
Biden scored highest on electability, at 46%, followed by Warren and Sanders with 10% each and 6% for Buttigieg.
Most Democratic and Democrat-leaning voters said they support allowing people to buy into Medicare, at 71%, compared to 59% favoring a single-payer system. Overall, 36% said Medicare for All is a good idea and 52% said it is not.
The poll also showed two weeks of public impeachment hearings did not hurt President Donald Trump's overall popularity, with 40% approving and 54% disapproving, compared to a 38%-58% split in October.
The country also remains closely divided on whether to impeach Trump, with 45% saying he should be impeached and removed from office and 48% saying he should not be.
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