Oct 1, 2019

Warren surges past Biden in poll of college students

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Data: College Reaction; Note: ±4.0 margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

Elizabeth Warren has overtaken Joe Biden as the top 2020 choice among college students, according to a new College Reaction/Axios poll.

The big picture: Warren's move to the top among college students matches her recent trend in national polls, as well as state polls in New Hampshire, California and Iowa.

By the numbers:

  • In July, Biden led at 16.4%, followed by Trump (16.3%), Sanders (15.1%) and Warren (13.7%).
  • Only 61% of Republican students support Trump, compared to 88% of Republicans in the broader population in a recent Economist/YouGov poll. 11% support Biden.
  • Since July, Andrew Yang has seen the biggest surge in polling. His 10.4% among students is well above his national average of 3.3%.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 23-24 from a representative sample of 586 college students with a margin of error of +/- 4%.

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