Megan Rapinoe for president? Maybe not. But the soccer star is presently polling better than President Donald Trump.
Fresh of a Women’s World Cup championship that she and her teammates won over the weekend, numbers from Public Policy Polling shows that Rapinoe, one of the team’s captains, polling evenly, if not just slightly ahead, of Trump in a hypothetical matchup between the two in the 2020 presidential election.
Rapinoe has not announced any intention to run for office. But the polling organization said they ran the numbers anyway “by popular demand,” according to a tweet they put on out Tuesday.
By popular demand we did a Megan Rapinoe v. Donald Trump 2020 poll and she leads him 42-41: https://t.co/qXB4AkqmLN
— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) July 9, 2019
The numbers from PPP show she’d be in a good position right now to take on the incumbent.
In a general matchup, Rapinoe garnered 42 percent support from respondents, while Trump received 41 percent. Seventeen percent were unsure.
Interestingly, among those who said they voted for Trump in 2016, 8 percent said they’d switch their vote to support Rapinoe instead, while 3 percent said they were unsure who they’d back in the imaginary matchup. That means that more than 1-in-10 former Trump voters would switch or consider switching their vote away from the president if Rapinoe decided to run.
The poll also showcased Trump’s approval numbers, without considerations for Rapinoe running against him. Forty-two percent said they approve of the president’s job performance, while 52 percent said they disapproved.
Rapinoe and Trump have had a bitter back-and-forth online and in television interviews in recent weeks. Trump criticized Rapinoe back in June for her silent protest during the national anthem during soccer events. Rapinoe was asked shortly after if she and her teammates would attend a ceremony at the White House if they won the World Cup.
Rapinoe responded by saying they would not be going “to the f—ing White House” if offered. Trump responded with a series of tweets, again critical of her.
“Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag,” Trump wrote.
Upon winning the World Cup, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) sent a formal invitation to the team to visit the Capitol, according to previous reporting from HillReporter.com. Trump has yet to issue a formal invite, although he did say he would be “inviting the TEAM, win or lose.”