Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leads the former Vice President Joe Biden in a new national Emerson poll released Monday.
The survey, conducted between April 11-14 among 914 registered Democrats, found that Sanders leads the Democratic field with 29 percent while Biden, who has yet to announce his run, is in second place with 24 percent. The two had been tied at 26-26 in the same poll in March.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose star has been rising quickly on the campaign trail, has risen to third place with 9 percent of voters backing his candidacy. He was polling at 0 percent in February and 3 percent in March.
California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Roure came in fourth with 8 percent, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 7 percent.
The poll also found entrepreneur and upstart candidate Andrew Yang tied with former HUD Secretary Julian Castro at 3 percent, ahead of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker who is at 2 percent. No other candidate garnered more than 1 percent support. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is at 0 percent in the new poll.
Bernie rises as Biden falls:
Biden’s downturn comes amid questions over inappropriate touching allegations brought against him by at least seven women. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released last week, nearly a third of Democratic voters said the allegations made them less likely to back Biden.
If Biden decides against a presidential bid or later drops out, Bernie stands to benefit the most.
According to the Emerson poll, 31 percent of Biden supporters said Sanders was their second choice, compared to 17 percent who said they would back Buttigieg and 13 percent who said they would back O’Rourke.
Buttigieg’s third-place finish nationally may come as a surprise to some but he has been skyrocketing in the polls in New Hampshire and Iowa since March.
An Emerson poll released in March found Buttigieg in third place with 11 percent in Iowa and a Monmouth poll released last week found him in third place with 9 percent. Biden led both polls with Sanders in second.
A Saint Anselm College poll released last week also found Buttigieg in third place in New Hampshire with 11 percent of the vote, while Biden leads with 23 and Bernie trails with 16.