Poll: Sanders Takes Sizable Lead Versus Other Dems, But All Do Well Against Trump
Democrats have yet to settle the question of who their eventual nominee will be versus President Donald Trump in the general election later this year. But even if they don’t have a consensus candidate yet, things are presently trending positive for them in national polling data.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll that was published on Wednesday, five Democratic candidates — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bloomberg, and Pete Buttigieg — outpoll Trump in hypothetical matchups, with support of 50 percent or more from respondents.
A sixth candidate — Amy Klobuchar — outpolls Trump with plurality support.
Sanders 53% (+11)
Bloomberg 52% (+9)
Biden 52% (+8)
Buttigieg 50% (+7)
Warren 50% (+5)
Klobuchar 48% (+3)
Trump 45%@ABC/@washingtonpost, Among All Adults, 2/14-17https://t.co/wdWBwCSvhj
— Election 2020 Polls (@2020ElectionPo1) February 19, 2020
The Democrats’ chances against Trump are likely helped by his overall job rating. Just 43 percent of Americans approve of the job he’s doing as president, while 53 percent disapprove of his work so far.
Choosing who will become the candidate is less clear. However, Sanders appears to be breaking from the rest of the pack, as 32 percent of Democratic-leaning voters say they plan to vote for him in their respective nominating contests. It marks the first time in ABC News/Washington Post polls that any candidate has gotten more than 30 percent support.
Biden comes in second place, with 17 percent support from Democratic voters, while Bloomberg receives 14 percent and Warren gets 11 percent.
One of the worries among the Democratic Party’s establishment is that Sanders, an avowed democratic socialist, will turn voters off to him for having leftist viewpoints. But that doesn’t appear to be worrisome to a majority of voters — 1-in-10 say that makes them more likely to support him against Trump, while 53 percent say it makes no difference to them. Only 35 percent said his socialist label makes it less likely that they’d support his candidacy in the general election.
The Nevada Caucus takes place this weekend, with the South Carolina primary occurring one week later. After that, the next nominating contests will be Super Tuesday, where close to 40 percent of Democrats across the country will be voting.