Bernie Sanders Rockets to Huge Lead in Latest National Poll, Bloomberg Surges


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit lead over his competitors for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a new national poll released Tuesday.

Sanders received 31 percent support in the NPR/PBSNewsHour/Marist poll released Tuesday morning, jumping 9 points since the last survey in December.

He comfortably holds the top spot, leading former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg by 12 percentage points.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has dropped 9 points since December’s poll to third place with 15 percent support.

Bloomberg’s jump in front of Biden could be attributed to the approximately $417.7 million Bloomberg has spent on campaign ads, according to CNN’s David Wright.

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Rivals, like Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, have accused Bloomberg of buying ads instead of trying to qualify for the Democratic debates.

“I don’t think you should be able to hide behind airwaves and huge ad buys,” Klobuchar told CNN on Sunday. “He has to come on these shows, and I also am an advocate for him coming on the debate stage.”

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“I know I’m not going to be able to beat him on the airwaves, but I can beat him on the debate stage,” she added.

Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday’s debate in Nevada after the results of this poll.

His campaign has said Bloomberg intends to participate if he qualifies, NPR reported.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also dropped 5 percentage points from December, with 12 percent support in the recent poll.

Klobuchar has moved ahead of former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with 9 percent support.

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The 5 point drop in support for Buttigieg, who’s at 8 percent support, could spell trouble for his campaign after strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. He still leads Sanders in the number of delegates awarded by one.

Biden, however, still outperforms the other Democratic candidates in a tested head-to-head against President Donald Trump.

Although respondents indicated the top six candidates would all beat Trump, Biden does the best by beating him by six points, with 50 percent support compared to 44 percent for the president.

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll was conducted from Feb. 13-Feb. 16 and surveyed 527 Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents with a margin of error of 5.4 percentage points.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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