President Donald Trump appears to be treading water in a key battleground state, according to the latest poll out of Emerson College. The poll found that former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hold double-digit leads over Trump in a hypothetical 2020 White House matchup in the state of Pennsylvania.
Both men gained 55 percent of the vote in a general election matchup with the president. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) round out the top five.
Biden also held the lead when respondents were asked who they’d vote for in the Democratic primary.
“Sanders in this year’s state polling is consistently keeping between 35% to 60% of his vote from 2016, suggesting he has a strong base of supporters to work with,” said Spencer Kimball, Director of the Emerson Poll.
Kimball added: “Mayor Pete has performed well for our third poll in a row, indicating an increase in support for the South Bend Mayor, though Pennsylvania looks like it could be a Joe Biden firewall.”
Only 41 percent of the survey’s respondents said they approve of the president’s job performance, and 55 percent said they are “not likely” to vote for the president in 2020.
Emerson College surveyed 808 registered voters in the state between March 26-28 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
Many view the poll as a sign of the president’s vulnerability in the upcoming election cycle.
I've been waiting for a Pennsylvania poll and now we have it.
Head to head, Bernie Sanders is beating Trump in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
— NY For Sanders #Bernie2020 (@NYforSanders) March 29, 2019
One of the reasons Trump is in the White House instead of Hillary, is because he won Pennsylvania. New polling by Emerson shows that if the election were today… Trump would lose the Keystone State– by double digits if the candidate was Bernie or even Biden pic.twitter.com/9vVg8zK6gh
— Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) March 29, 2019
— Kevin Meyerson (@kevinmeyerson) March 29, 2019
New Emerson PA Dem Primary Poll:
Biden leads Bernie 39% to 20%
Bernie has a huge lead over Trump in a general election match-up 55% to 45%.
— Aaron Canape (@AaronDTreyfive) March 29, 2019