Daily US Times, Washington: Despite being faced impeachment during his first time in the White House, Donald Trump still leads his top Democratic rivals for 2020, his second term.
A new USA TODAY/Suffolk poll finds.
The poll shows Trump defeating Democratic presidential frontrunner and former VP Joe Biden by three percentage points, Bernie Sanders by 5 points and Elizabeth Warren by 8 points. In hypothetical head-to-head contests, Trump also led South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg by 10 points and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg by 9.
The poll shows Trump won among male voters. But every Democratic candidate carried a majority of female voters against him. Trump’s strong standing among the age groups 35 and older but he lost to each of the Democratic candidates among voters 18-34 years old.
2020 election is one-year ahead. Polls taken nearly one year before the election is not a suitable indicator of what would actually come in the original election, especially when the opposition candidate has not been chosen. But the polls show the impeachment process has not undermined his core political support.
One thousand registered voters attended the survey. It was taken 10-14 December by landline and cellphone, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
A reliable republican who took part in the survey said ‘Why waste the time going through all the stuff we’re going through now? My 401(k) is doing better than it’s ever done. That’s the truth.’ He also predicted Trump would overcome impeachment and win re-election.
58 years old Elmer Ciers of Cincinnati who is studying for a doctorate in business administration said, he would vote for any Democratic nominee against Trump as he was ‘scared for the future and our legacy’ on climate change and other issues after Trump’s first three years in office.
Trump’s support remained remarkably steady regardless of his opponent. This is both good and bad news for him. It show he reached the ceiling.
Suffolk’s Political Research Center director David Paleologos said ‘We know third-party candidates have minimal chance to win a presidential election but a high probability to make a difference in a state’s outcome. Every ballot has third-party candidates who receive critical votes. When you give voters more than two options for president, you see how it impacts the major two parties.
Voters have a wide willingness to consider replacing VP Mike Pence with former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.
34% of Republican supported it as 37% opposed it.