Sanders jumps ahead of Biden in 2020 poll


Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled past former Vice President Joe Biden among Democratic presidential candidates, according to a new survey released Monday.

The Emerson College Poll showed Sanders, who has been trailing Biden in most surveys, leading the former veep by 29 percent to 24 percent.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who officially kicked off his campaign Sunday, finished in third place with 9 percent.

“While still early in the nominating process, it looks like Mayor Pete is the candidate capturing voters’ imagination,” said Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson Polling. “The numbers had him at 0 percent in mid-February, 3 percent in March and now at 9 percent in April.”

Rounding out the Democratic field was former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris with 8 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 7 percent, and former Housing and Urban Secretary Julian Castro and entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 3 percent.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York finished with 0 percent.

Biden, who in early April was accused by a number of women of inappropriate touching, has seen his support in the poll drop.

In February, he led Sanders by 27 percent to 17 percent.

They were tied at 26 percent in March.

In a head-to-head contest with President Trump, Biden, who has yet to formally announce a White House bid, would defeat the president by 53 percent to 47 percent.

Sanders would prevail over Trump by a 51 percent to 48 percent margin.

O’Rourke would beat Trump by 2 percentage points, but the president would defeat Buttigieg by 2 percentage points.

The Emerson College Poll surveyed 914 registered voters between April 11-14.

It has a plus/minus 3.2 percentage point margin of error.