(Bloomberg) – Joe Biden leads the Iowa democratic field with 25% support, according to a USA Today / Suffolk poll. Bernie Sanders finished second with 19%, followed by Pete Buttigieg with 18% third.
It’s a better result for the former vice president than a NYT / Siena poll on Saturday, with Sanders first and Biden third behind Buttigieg. Elizabeth Warren finished fourth and Amy Klobuchar fifth in both polls.
Taken together, both surveys show a fluid democratic field a week before Iowa’s meeting. RealClearPolitics, which summarizes the latest polls in Iowa, showed that Biden and Sanders are essentially related to the release of the USA Today poll.
Under Iowa’s unique caucus system, voter support plans could be critical. If a candidate does not achieve 15% support in an area, they are considered unsustainable, their votes are not counted, and supporters are encouraged to choose another person.
However, there is no clear indication of where advocates of lower-poll candidates might end up. Three quarters of those who support a candidate outside the top 5 were unsure whether they would make the next choice.
The USA Today / Suffolk poll polled 500 likely democratic caucus goers with an error rate of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points from January 23-26.
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