Heading Into Iowa, Biden and Sanders Top Latest National Poll

Former Vice President Joe Biden is holding his lead in national polling just days ahead of the Iowa caucuses, but Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is keeping the gap narrow.

Biden takes the top spot in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll with 26% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, up slightly from 25% in a Jan. 13 survey. Sanders rose to 21% in the latest tally, up from 19% two weeks ago and his highest tally so far in the poll. The new survey was taken between Jan. 22 to Jan. 27.

“Biden’s support is holding steady — but he no longer sits comfortably at the top of the Democratic presidential pack,” said Quinnipiac analyst Mary Snow.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was in third at 15%, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s spent $278 million on advertising since joining the race in November, placed fourth with 8%. The former mayor of New York is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar had 7% support, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg had 6% and entrepreneur Andrew Yang had 3%. No other candidate got more than 1%. The sample of 827 Democratic-leaning registered voters nationwide had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

National polls aren’t particularly predictive of the eventual nominee at this point. But winning in the early states is critical to generate momentum to continue on through Super Tuesday on March 3, when populous states including California and Texas hold their primaries.

This post is part of Campaign Update, our live coverage from the 2020 campaign trail.

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