Pete Buttigieg Is Just Three Points Behind Elizabeth Warren, Poll Shows

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has seen his support among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents move into double digits following a strong debate showing, according to a new poll.

The South Bend mayor has 11 percent support from Democrat voters and Democratic-leaning independents in a recently released CNN poll conducted by SSRS, a clear 17 points behind frontrunner and former vice president Joe Biden, six points behind Bernie Sanders and just three points below Elizabeth Warren— who at one point was neck-and-neck with Biden.

Buttigieg has also made a clear break from the gaggle of hopefuls who remain in single-digit figures in terms of support.

California's Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang and recent entrant Michael Bloomberg currently poll at 4 percent, according to the CNN survey, while Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker are polling at 2 percent.

The poll of 431 voters registered as Democrats or Democratic-leaning Independents (of a larger poll of 1007 voters) was taken between November 21-24, shortly after the November democratic debate took place.

In the November 20 Democratic debate in Georgia, Buttigieg was among the winners of the night, speaking for 12.8 minutes—second only to Warren, who spoke for 13.4 minutes, according to The Washington Post.

During his time on stage, Buttigieg impressed with his ability to dodge jibes from his fellow candidates, and even managed to make his lack of experience on the national political stage a positive, rather than negative, point.

"I get it's not traditional establishment Washington experience, but I would argue we need something very different right now," Buttigieg said. "In order to defeat this president, we need somebody who can go toe-to-toe who actually comes from the kinds of communities that he's been appealing to."

His debate performance has certainly pushed him into the fore on what has been a crowded stage, and he has managed to raise a significant amount of funds, but Buttigieg still remains behind the three clear frontrunners and has a number of challenges to overcome, including tackling the criticism that he is struggling to connect with black voters, The Financial Times reported.

Indeed, even the most recent poll shows a mixed reaction to the presidential hopeful, with Buttigieg polling well in some match-ups against Trump—scoring more in terms of honesty (45 percent view Buttigieg as honest compared with 35 percent for Trump) and uniting the country (35 percent compared with Trump's 31 percent). But Trump beats Buttigieg in terms of presidential stamina (47 percent compared to Buttigieg's 46 percent) and bringing change (43 percent to Buttigieg's 35 percent).

Additionally, many voters (around a quarter per question) did not know how to respond to questions about Buttigieg, suggesting the hopeful has a considerable amount of work to do if he is to carry on his current momentum.