A new Quinnipiac University national poll released on Monday showed for the first time that one 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate has a clear lead over the other candidates following in the aftermath of the recently held first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.
In the poll, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) overtook former Vice President Joe Biden as the national front runner with 25% of the vote among Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic.
The poll found the following:
- Sanders 25%
- Biden 17%
- Mike Bloomberg 15%
- Elizabeth Warren 14%
- Pete Buttigieg 10%
- Amy Klobuchar 4%
- Everyone else was at 2% or less
In terms of the percentage change since its last poll, Quinnipiac found:
- Sanders +4%
- Biden -9%
- Bloomberg +7%
- Warren -1%
- Buttigieg +4%
- Klobuchar -3%
“Biden scrambles to bounce back in frigid New Hampshire after an icy slide to 17 percent, his lowest national number,” Quinnipiac University Poll Analyst Tim Malloy said. “Is the Bloomberg camp prepping the white horse for him to ride to the rescue? Maybe not yet, but without setting foot in Iowa or New Hampshire, he is suddenly a looming shadow over the primary field.”
“Clearly Biden’s fourth place finish in Iowa has hurt the perception of what was his biggest strength – electability,” Malloy added.
The Quinnipiac poll is a left-leaning poll that traditionally has had worse numbers for President Donald Trump than many other places that conduct polling.
For example, Quinnipiac reported that Trump’s approval rating matched his previous all-time high in the poll at 43%, which is six points lower than the approval rating that he received from Gallup last week.
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