Just days after Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone called CNN’s debate performance “Villainous and Shameful” for siding with Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders has overtaken Biden in the top spot in a new Reuters/Ipsos National poll.
Bernie Sanders – 20% (even)
Joe Biden – 19% (minus 4 from last poll)
Elizabeth Warren – 12% (minus 3 from last poll)
Michael Bloomberg – 9% (plus 1 from last poll)
Joe Buttigieg – 6% (minus 1 from last poll)
Newsweek reports Ex-Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren both slid in the latest poll from the 2020 Democratic race, as Senator Bernie Sanders slipped narrowly into the lead.
The Reuters/Ipsos online poll of 681 Democrats and independents, of which 552 were registered to vote, was conducted between January 15-16.
It placed the Vermont independent Sanders on 20 percent and Biden, who served in the Obama administration, on 19 percent. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, was on 12 percent.
Compared to the previous Reuters/Ipsos poll released January 9, Biden was down 4 points and Warren was down three points. Sanders, however, had held steady.
Biden remains the clear favorite in the RealClearPolitics national polling average, which places him in first on 27.2 percent. Second is Sanders at 19.2 percent and third is Warren at 16 percent.
This week, a dispute between the Warren and Sanders campaigns ignited out in the open after the CNN debate in Iowa.
The two have clashed over an allegation by Warren that Sanders told her during a private meeting in December 2018 he did not think a woman could beat President Donald Trump.
Responding to reports about the meeting, Warren issued a statement: “Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.”
Sanders denies making the comment and the issue arose at the debate. Once the debate had ended, Warren went up to Sanders to confront him, and declined to shake his hand.