A new poll suggests former Vice President Joe Biden still has the upper hand in the Democratic presidential primary, even as some investors increasingly worry that progressive Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will become the party’s 2020 nominee.
Biden scored 34% support among Democratic-leaning voters in a CNN/SSRS poll released Wednesday, topping Warren’s 19% and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 16%. The result represents his best showing in CNN polling since he officially launched his campaign in April.
The ex-veep’s lead over his rivals isn’t as big in a RealClearPolitics moving average of polls, which on Wednesday showed him with 28.9% support vs. 23% for Warren and 16.3% for Sanders. Warren edged past Biden two weeks ago in this widely followed average of polls, but her stay at the top spot has proved fleeting.
SSRS, an independent research company, conducted the poll for AT&T Inc.’s T, -0.12% CNN on Oct. 17 to Oct. 20, surveying 424 Democratic-leaning voters and reporting an error margin of 5.8 point percentage points for that sample.
In the new CNN/SSRS poll, there was a tie for fourth place between South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris, as each got 6% support. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke each drew 3% support, followed by entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 2%. All other Democrats hoping to challenge President Donald Trump in November 2020 were at 1% or lower.