The top three Democrats are all virtually tied for the lead in the nomination fight for the party’s presidential race.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both stand at 20% in the new Monmouth University poll. Biden comes in at 19%.
Sanders and Warren are both at 20 percent in the poll, with Biden at 19 percent. The former vice president plunged 13 percentage points from the 32 percent he stood in June in Monmouth’s last national poll on the Democratic nomination race. Sanders rose six points from the June poll, with Warren rising five points.
The Biden campaign took aim at the survey, telling reporters “this poll is an outlier that is contradicted by every measure of the national average.”
Well, not really. In fact, both Warren and Sanders have been creeping up on Biden for several months. Besides, perhaps the Biden campaign should consider the half-dozen ludicrous gaffes the former vice president has uttered just in the last few weeks.
“Liberal voters are starting to cast about for a candidate they can identify with,” Murray said. “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.”
The poll suggests Biden “suffered an across the board decline” with a 14-point drop from June to August with white Democrats, a 17-point free-fall among voters without a college degree, a 14-point plunge among men, a 13-point drop among women, and a nine-point deterioration among voters 50 and older. He also went from 40 percent in June to 22 percent now among Democrats who consider themselves moderate or conservative.
Most of Biden’s lost support in those groups shifted almost equally to Sanders and Warren.
Questions about Biden’s fitness for office are now being asked openly among Democrats. There is also the party’s center of gravity experiencing a huge shift to the left, with the continued growing prominence of party figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.
This radicalization has left Biden in the dust.
There are still more than 20 candidates in the race. But if this polling breakdown holds true, as candidates fall by the wayside, their supporters will gravitate toward the socialist Sanders and the hard-left Warren.
Trump may already be doing a sack dance in the White House.