As the Democratic presidential primary heats up, the question on everyone's mind is which candidate stands the best chance to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election.
According to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University, it's Trump who may have to worry whether or not he can beat any of the top tier candidates.
The poll shows Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) beating Donald Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg beat Trump in the hypothetical general as well.
Latest Quinnipiac poll has Trump losing to everyone: Bloomberg beats Trump 51-42 Sanders beats Trump 51-43 Biden… https://t.co/r1Z5W3GGkN— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1581366863.0
Bloomberg—a late entry candidate who hasn't yet appeared on the Democratic debate stage and isn't on the ballot in tonight's New Hampshire primary—showed a substantial boost in support, and beats Trump by the widest margin, 51 to 42, than any of the candidates so far.
Narrowly trailing Bloomberg in that victory margin is Senator Bernie Sanders, who overtook Biden's lead for the first time.
Trump's numbers are congruent with his most consistent approval rating average, which has hovered in the low to mid-40s for over a year now.
If Republicans are looking for a consolation, they likely won't find it from the other results in this poll.
Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said that the Senate's recent acquittal of the President doesn't clear him of wrongdoing, and 59 percent said that the Senate's impeachment trial was conducted unfairly.
Astonishingly enough, however, 92 percent of Republican voters surveyed are confident that Trump won't solicit foreign help to boost his chances in 2020.
People had strong reactions to these latest numbers.
This new Quinnipiac poll is more evidence that the overwhelming majority of the American people reject… https://t.co/jfOsbaGRNQ— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1581368920.0
Poof There goes the media claims that Trump had best week and acquittal was big win for him. Quinnipiac poll Feb… https://t.co/p10ke4NyRT— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman) 1581364628.0
Can we all just stop fighting about which candidate we think can beat Trump, because Quinnipiac says ALL of them. F… https://t.co/yxnJwSk49M— Michelle (@Michelle) 1581373320.0
It's one poll nine months out; Trump can erode the Dems numbers through negative advertising; and his only path to… https://t.co/toITXpZeNW— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen) 1581364327.0
Trump spends hours a day criticizing Biden, Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar, Buttigieg, & Bloomberg. He insults their h… https://t.co/N9Sgko0Duu— Translate Trump (@Translate Trump) 1581374215.0
@speechboy71 Two concerns: How do the candidates perform against Trump in battleground states. How does each candid… https://t.co/sFeivEvTIy— Dana Duke (@Dana Duke) 1581364300.0
As the nation learned the hard way in 2016, polls aren't as reliable as votes.
In a nation where the electoral college—rather than the popular vote—decides the President national polls can sometimes be misleading. The ultimate decision will be made not by the entire nation, but by swing states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, Trump's consistent ceiling of 44 percent is reason to hope.
Once the Democratic nominee is decided, Trump will be able to unleash a barrage of negative ads and opposition research on one candidate instead of six, which has the potential to change these numbers.
The only surefire way to prevent a second term of Trump is a widespread voter turnout.