Against Warren or Sanders, 2020 Looks Like 'A Lot of Losing' for Trump

A new survey published by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on Tuesday finds that in hypothetical match-ups against possible 2020 presidential contenders—including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Vice President Joe Biden—President Donald Trump loses every time, and by substantial margins.

The poll (pdf) found:

  • Warren would defeat Trump 49 percent to 42 percent (7 point margin)
  • Sanders would defeat Trump 52 percent to 39 percent (13 point margin)
  • Biden would defeat Trump 54 percent to 39 percent (15 point margin)

PPP also included in the survey several names that have been mentioned in early 2020 conversations but are less known to voters, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Corey Booker (D-N.J.), who both poll ahead of Trump by single digits.

“Trump does a lot of losing in our poll,” PPP concluded.

None of the candidates included in the survey have expressed certainty that they will challenge President Trump in 2020. Sanders, for his part, has said it is too early to be thinking about another presidential run, though he would not take the possibility off the table. Speculation has also followed Warren and Biden, but both have refused to say whether they intend to run.


In addition to coming up short in hypothetical electoral battles, Trump also loses on trustworthiness when matched up with major media outlets.

“Voters say they trust NBC and ABC each more than him, 56/38. They say they trust CBS more than him 56/39. They say they trust the New York Times more than him 55/38. They say they trust CNN more than him 54/39. And they say they trust the Washington Post more than him 53/38,” PPP found.

These results come on the heels of an ABC News/Washington Post survey, published on Sunday, showing that Trump is historically unpopular. 

“Americans give President Donald Trump the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years,” ABC‘s Gary Langer wrote.

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