Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has all but eliminated the once-formidable polling lead held by former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a recently released Economist-YouGov poll.
The new poll shows Warren with 20 percent support among likely Democratic primary and caucus voters. Although Biden is polling at 21 percent, his lead over Warren has all but disappeared and is well within the poll’s 2.6 percent margin of error. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) remains in third place and is polling at 16 percent.
According to the poll, 22 percent of likely voters also say that they would be “disappointed” if Biden became the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. Only 9 percent of likely voters indicated the same about Warren.
Some people, however, remain skeptical that Warren can win the presidency, as 44 percent of respondents indicated that they believe Warren would “probably lose” in an election against Trump. Furthermore, only 28 percent indicated that they believe Warren could beat Trump.
On the other hand, 39 percent of respondents indicated that they believe Biden would “probably lose” in an election against the president, while 35 percent believe that Biden would win.
According to The Hill, the new poll “comes as Warren continues to outpace Sanders, the other progressive in the race, and move closer to Biden in other polls.” However, The Hill also cautions readers from drawing too strong of a conclusion from a single poll, as the former vice president “by and large, remains the front-runner in most surveys.”
Biden, who has a history of gaffees, drew criticism from across the political spectrum last week after he said that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” in comments reported by The New York Times.
“Mr. Biden was speaking on education and the need to challenge students at a town hall hosted by the Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines when he made the remark, and then quickly sought to recover from it,” the report states.
The paper also notes that his campaign released a statement the following day saying “children born into lower-income circumstances are just as smart as those born to wealthy parents.”
While Biden continues to run into political slip-ups, Warren seems to have all but recovered from her pre-campaign political blunder in which she sought to clarify her Native American ancestry but ultimately drew scorn, including from the political left.
As Chris Cizilla at CNN wrote last October, “Now, we have a geneticist saying ‘the facts suggest’ that she was some Native American ancestry and the estimates of how much Indian blood Warren actually has range wildly — and could be as little as 1/1024th.”
The first primary elections will be held February 3, 2019.