The two top contenders for the Democratic Party’s nomination contests for president in 2020 would both beat President Donald Trump in a hypothetical popular vote matchup, a new poll reveals.
The findings, from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday, likely stem from the fact that a larger number of Americans said they plan to vote against (rather than for) Trump next fall.
Forty-six percent of respondents said they plan to base their vote as one that’s against Trump taking office for a second term, while only 34 percent said they definitely plan to vote for Trump. Another chunk of the electorate, 17 percent, said they wanted to see who the eventual candidate would be. Nearly half of the electorate, 49 percent, say they support impeaching and removing Trump from office, the poll found.
Those numbers translate positively to at least two contenders vying to remove Trump from office. President Donald Trump would lose to former Vice President Joe Biden in a head-to-head vote, according to the poll. Biden would win 50 percent of the vote, while Trump would only garner 41 percent at this time.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would fare similarly. In her matchup against Trump, 50 percent of voters said they’d pick Warren, while 42 percent said they’d want Trump in office beyond 2020.
Which of the candidates Democratic voters will pick, however, is less certain. Biden leads the pack right now, with 27 percent of Democratic-leaning voters saying they want him as the nominee. Meanwhile, 23 percent say they want Warren, and 19 percent pick Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders to run against Trump.
The poll did not reveal what Sanders’s numbers would be in a hypothetical matchup with the president.
Democratic voters are happy with their list of choices. Only 13 percent say they’re not very or not at all satisfied with the Democrats they have to pick from, while 85 percent say they are very or fairly satisfied.
When it comes to Congress, a plurality of voters want Democrats to remain in control in 2020 and beyond, with 49 percent saying so and 42 percent saying the want the GOP in charge.
For some, it may seem too soon to predict the outcome of Congressional races. However, as prior reporting from HillReporter.com detailed, a similar poll one year before the 2018 midterms found that Americans preferred Democrats to control the legislative branch by a nine-point margin. When the midterms finally did come around, Democrats won with an 8.4 margin over Republicans across the nation as a whole.
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