Buttigieg's favorability surges in new poll

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE saw the largest jump in favorability ratings of any Democratic presidential candidate in the course of the past two months, according to a poll analysis released Tuesday.

A Morning Consult press release Tuesday said Buttigieg’s favorability rating jumped by 11 percentage points since the poll began tracking the popularity of 2020 Democrats in early February.

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While he remains one of the lower-tier candidates, with just 3 percent of primary voters polled planning to cast a ballot in his name, Buttigieg enjoys a slightly higher level of support (7 percent) from respondents who said they were very interested in politics and were thus paying closer attention to the race.

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He still trails bigger-name candidates in terms of total support: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, who is expected to enter the presidential race, won support from 33 percent of poll respondents, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) came in second place with support from 25 percent of respondents.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) were tied in the poll for third place, each garnering the support of 8 percent of respondents.

Morning Consult’s poll surveyed 12,940 registered voters who planned to vote in a Democratic primary in 2020. The margin of error is 1 percentage point.

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