Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the field of Democratic presidential contenders nationally, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has seen her front-runner status slip, according to the Monmouth University poll released on Tuesday.
The poll shows Biden in the top spot with 26 percent support. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), meanwhile, finished in second place with 21 percent support, just within the survey’s 5-point margin of error.
Warren finished in third place with 17 percent support — a 6-point drop since Monmouth’s last national primary poll in November and 11 points down from where she was in a similar September survey. Still, she’s not far behind Sanders, and her favorability among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters ties that of Biden at 76 percent.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who has gained momentum in Iowa and New Hampshire in recent months, sits in a distant fourth place with 8 percent support in the nominating contest, according to the Monmouth poll. That’s statistically identical to the 9 percent support he notched in the university’s November survey.
President Donald Trump, the first modern president to face impeachment during his first term in the White House, now leads his top Democratic rivals in his bid for a second, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds.
The national survey, taken as the House of Representatives planned an impeachment vote and the Senate a trial, showed Trump defeating former Vice President Joe Biden by 3 percentage points, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 5 points, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren by 8 points.
In hypothetical head-to-head contests, Trump also led South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg by 10 points and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg by 9.
Polls taken nearly a year before an election are hardly a reliable indicator about what the eventual outcome will be, especially when the other nominee hasn't been chosen. But the findings do indicate that impeachment hearings detailing what critics see as Trump's violations of the Constitution and his oath of office haven't undermined his core political support.
“Debates like tonight’s are going to make our nominee — whoever it is — much stronger for the general election when they have to face Donald Trump,” Koch said. “Whoever gets on the debate stage with Trump — if he shows up — is going to need to have a stiff backbone and not just able to dish it back but actually connect with voters and nights like tonight will be essential to making sure that happens.”
Among the winners were former Vice President Joe Biden, who “has had a series of uneasy debates but this was by far his strongest yet,” Koch said. “He was crisp, funny, provided clear reasons for why he’s running. He wrapped himself in his service as President Obama’s vice president while also breaking with him on important issues like Afghanistan.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg also shined: “After steadily rising in the polls, Mayor Pete’s team has been anticipating these attacks for months and tonight he was clearly ready for them, fending off each one.”
Former tech executive Andrew Yang: Trending: Sideways Yang’s standout moment came when he was asked about the lack of diversity on stage — and he deftly pivoted to his universal basic income plan.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Trending: Up Mayor Pete finally was the center of attention, getting attacked from all sides. But he was able to face his critics head-on and effectively push back each time. He continues to stand out as a fresh face in the primary.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Trending: Up Warren’s passion, knowledge and heart were on full display. She’s made fighting corruption and money in politics the centerpiece of her career and drove that point hard.
Former Vice President Joe Biden: Trending: Up This was Biden’s best debate performance so far. He was relaxed, funny, clear and able to remind Democratic primary voters why he was a popular vice president.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: Trending: Sideways Sanders has — somehow — gone under the radar this primary. But in spite of some awkward jokes, he was able to clearly show stark contrast between himself and everyone else.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Trending: Up Klobuchar was right to call out the voter purges in Georgia and Wisconsin and her shout-outs to Iowa’s farmers show why she’s moving up in primary polls at the right time.
Billionaire Tom Steyer: Trending: Down Steyer bought his way onto the debate stage and it showed. He was mostly outclassed by his more seasoned competitors. A non-factor throughout the night.