Joe Biden lost ground in a new national poll and is virtually tied for first place with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as Democrats compete for their party’s presidential nomination.
A Monmouth University poll released Monday showed Biden with 19% support among registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters. That’s a drop of 13 points from Monmouth’s prior survey, in June, and puts the former vice president just a point behind Sens. Sanders and Warren. Other Democrats, like Sen. Kamala Harris, didn’t make it into double digits.
Biden still enjoys first place among the Democrats running in an average of polls from RealClearPolitcs.
However, said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, there is a warning sign for the former vice president.
“Moderate voters, who have been paying less attention, seem to be expressing doubts about Biden. But they are swinging more toward one of the left-leaning contenders with high name recognition rather than toward a lesser known candidate who might be more in line with them politically,” Murray said.
The poll’s margin of error was 5.7 percentage points.