Poll: Trump trails five 2020 Democratic contenders head-to-head
September 2, 2020
Five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in head-to-head match-ups, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll shows 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 with a comfortable 16-point lead over Trump among all survey respondents.
Other Democrats with double-digit leads over Trump are 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.) by 12 points and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) by 11 points.
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.) and 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 also hold leads over the president.
Biden, the current front-runner in the crowded Democratic field, has maintained a steady lead over Trump in the poll, beating the president by 10 points when the poll was conducted in July.
Among registered voters, Biden leads Trump by 15 points, and Sanders has a 9-point edge.
ABC News notes that the changes in the poll could be due to declines in Trump’s support rather than gains by any of the individual Democrats.
The survey found Trump has an unfavorable rating of 57 percent compared to a favorability rating of 40 percent.
The poll is in line with several national polls that have shown Trump trailing several Democratic candidates, most notably Biden.
Trump has repeatedly slammed the polls, instead referring to his own internal polling, which he says is more favorable.
Trump on Wednesday slammed the poll in a tweet, calling it “a phony suppression poll, meant to build up their Democrat partners.”
….This is a phony suppression poll, meant to build up their Democrat partners. I haven’t even started campaigning yet, and am constantly fighting Fake News like Russia, Russia, Russia. Look at North Carolina last night. Dan Bishop, down big in the Polls, WINS. Easier than 2016!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019
The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted over the phone from Sept. 2-5 and surveyed a random national sample of 1,003 adults. The margin of error for the poll is 3.5 percentage points.