Democrats remain divided on whom they prefer to be their nominee in the 2020 presidential election. But if a recent poll is any indication of where things stand for voters overall, it may not matter much who they pick, especially if the end goal is removing President Donald Trump from office.
A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week finds that a total of six Democratic presidential candidates hoping to unseat Trump are presently outpacing him in national polling numbers.
Former vice president Joe Biden is ahead of Trump in the poll by 9 points. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leads Trump by 8 points. And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren edges out Trump by 7 points.
All three of those candidates garner a majority of support in the poll when matched up against Trump. Biden and Sanders both earned 51 percent of support from respondents, while Warren received 50 percent. Trump only received 42 percent when put up against Biden, and 43 percent versus both Warren and Sanders.
new Quinnipiac national poll on 2020 general election shows every prospective Democratic nominee beating Trump :
Biden 51%, Trump 42%
Sanders 51%, Trump 43%
Warren 50%, Trump 43%
Bloomberg 48%, Trump 42%
Buttigieg 48%, Trump 43%
Klobuchar 47%, Trump 43%
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 10, 2019
Three other candidates for the Democratic nomination, while not garnering a majority of support in the poll against Trump, still outpace him. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tops Trump by 6 points, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg beats the incumbent president by 5 points, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar defeats Trump by 4 points in the poll.
Trump’s approval rating among Americans overall in the poll is at 41 percent, with 55 percent voicing disapproval of his job performance.
Of course, where one stands in a national poll doesn’t necessarily translate to winning the presidential election, especially given the importance of the Electoral College. Indeed, in 2015, then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton led Trump by 7 points in a Quinnipiac poll conducted in December of that year.
That gap closed considerably once both candidates were nominated for their respective parties, and though Clinton won the popular vote in November 2016, Trump was able to secure the presidency by winning the Electoral College vote.