Our new CNN/SSRS poll shows that Joe Biden continues to lead the Democratic primary with 24%, though that's down from 29% in mid-August.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren has climbed closer at 18% from 14%. She's in a close race for second with Bernie Sanders who came in with 17%, which is up from 15% last month.
Amazingly, no other candidate in this field of 20 is above 10%.
Kamala Harris (8%), Pete Buttigieg (6%) and Beto O'Rouke (5%) are the only other candidates polling above 2%.
Here are a few other takeaways from the poll:
- Warren has grown her support from 15% to 21% among those who say that beating Trump is most important, which is important among an electorate that prizes electability
- Biden holds about a 30-point lead among black voters; Warren and he are about tied (at 23% and 21%) among white voters; and Sanders holds a slight edge with 24% among Latinos
- Unlike Biden's advantage with black voters, Sanders' edge with Latinos can mostly be explained by the fact that Latinos are younger and more liberal
- Biden's and Sanders' support are highly predictable by age, while Warren's is highly predictable by education and race
- A plurality of potential primary voters (49%) say they fear nominating a candidate who is too liberal, which should in theory be good for Biden