The Democratic primary contest will be taking place in few months, but the fluctuations of choices in opinion polls are being observed as massive. The race, which essentially remains between four candidates, has been outstripped by the South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg by 9-points.
According to the survey released by CNN, the Des Moines Register and Mediacom, on Saturday, Buttigieg has surged to the top with support from 25 per cent of likely caucusgoers, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with 16 per cent.
On the other hand, it has been a two-way tie for second place between Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the former vice president Joe Biden, where the support remained 15 per cent for both. By far, no other candidate from the remaining 13 candidates is close to them, with votes in single digits. The survey was of 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
According to a New York Times, Sienna poll released earlier this month, Pete Buttigieg had trounced Biden to appear behind warren. He stood second with 17 per cent, in contrast to Warren’s 22.3 per cent. Moreover, Buttigieg’s support climbed up with 16-point since the previous survey in September.
Whereas, Warren dropped by six percentage points and Bidden by five points, since September. However, Sanders gained four points.
“That’s extremely encouraging, obviously,” said the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, speaking to reporters after the poll came out at the California Democratic convention in Long Beach. “We have felt a lot of momentum on the ground.”
On Tuesday, the mayor also led the fellow presidential candidates in a Monmouth University poll in Iowa. He credited boosting of his campaign, as well as his sound performances in debates and other big state events, as he said of witnessing more enthusiasm in Iowa for his candidacy since the Labor Day. However, he said that there was “still a lot of work to do” in increasing his name recognition there.
Iowa will be the first state to hold the caucuses on February 3, 2020, for which the Democratic candidates have been campaigning for months. However, Pete Buttigieg has invested heavily from the beginning. His campaign contains more than 100 staffers and 20 offices in the state, which is among the most of any candidate.
Apart from the support, 63 per cent of the potential caucusgoers believe that Buttigieg’s views are right, which is the highest of the tested four candidates. Besides, 13 per cent feel his views are too conservative, while only 7 per cent say they are too liberal.
The mayor has left behind the crucial names in the race, and that too at a remarkable pace. As his campaign is increasingly outshining, Pete Buttigieg might just make a strong finish in the caucuses in February. However, as the rate of fluctuations also remains high, any expectation could fall short of the actual results.
In the wake of the upcoming presidential elections, where many hopefuls are working hard to become