That moves him to second in the poll - up from fourth in September - just behind Sen.
A series of polls released a week after the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate in OH show former Vice President Joe Biden back on top as the frontrunner while Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren begins to fall behind.
Still, the poll shows Biden, Warren, Sanders and even Buttitieg all beating Trump in potential one-on-one matchups in the general election. Bernie Sanders at 15%, IN mayor Pete Buttigieg at 10%, Sen. One of the major knocks on Joe Biden among elite Democrats is that his fundraising is.quite underwhelming, especially for a (real or nominal) frontrunner.
Biden was the choice of 34 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters in the CNN poll, which recorded his largest lead in the race since April, just after his campaign's formal launch. Asked whether the reports hurt or helped Biden's ability to defeat President Donald Trump should the former DE senator be the Democrat's presidential nominee, 44% surveyed said there was no impact. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris at 5%, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 3 percent.
The fresh surveys landed as one of the race's low-polling candidates, congressman Tim Ryan of OH, announced Thursday he was dropping out of the race. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA at 11%. But his electability has deteriorated, from a high of 56 percent days after he declared his candidacy in late April, to 42 percent now.
Voters did say Ms. Warren had the best performance at last week's debate. The goal is to peel support away from a cash-strapped Biden and present a more moderate alternative to the liberal views of Warren and Sanders. Elizabeth Warren will soon be releasing a plan on funding of the policy.
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a rally in Philadelphia May 18, 2019.
The CNN poll was conducted between Thursday and Sunday - and the sample included 424 registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents. The poll has a margin of error plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.