Biden 'only Democratic candidate with wide lead over Trump'
A recent poll found that former Vice President Joe Biden is the only 2020 Democratic candidate to hold a wide lead over President Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election matchup.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll, taken between June 28 and July 1 while Mr Trump was at the G20 summit in Japan and after the first round of Democratic presidential debates, found that among Democratic challengers, only Mr Biden has a clear advantage over Mr Trump, leading the President by 53 percent to 43 percent if the 2020 presidential election were being held today.
The latest poll of registered voters, released today, suggests Mr Biden's appeal hasn't faded in a general election matchup with the President, despite his position weakening some in polling of the Democratic nomination battle – as shown in a CNN poll earlier this week.
Mr Trump polled about even when matched with other Democratic candidates among registered voters. California Sen Kamala Harris polled a narrow two point lead over Trump (48 percent Ms Harris to 46 percent Mr Trump).
Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders saw a one point advantage over the President (49 percent Mr Sanders to 48 percent Mr Trump) and the President tied Massachusetts Sen Elizabeth Warren at 48 percent and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 47 percent.
Polls conducted in June before Mr Biden's performance at the first Democratic debate – where Ms Harris attacked Mr Biden's record opposing federally mandated desegregation busing – both had Mr Biden ahead of Mr Trump by a significant margin (10 points ahead in a Fox News poll and 13 points ahead in a Quinnipiac poll).
Foundational to Mr Biden's 10 point lead over Mr Trump in the Washington Post-ABC News poll is a strong support among independent and self-identified moderate respondents – Mr Biden found a seven-point lead among independents and a 28-point lead over Mr Trump among moderates.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll also found that Mr Trump's approval ratings – which have risen compared with previous polls conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News – is largely buoyed by strong economic numbers, despite a majority of Americans still disapproving of his performance in office.
Mr Trump's approval rating stands at 44 percent among the full sample of US adults reached in the Washington Post-ABC poll, increasing from 39 percemt in a similar poll conducted in April, with 53 percent saying they disapprove of Mr Trump.
While other polls have found the President's approval to be higher, a recent CNN poll showed 43 percent approval – a number that has held steady for months – and Gallup put Mr Trump's approval at 41 percent.
The poll found that among issues that voters care about, the economy is the lone issue where Mr Trump pulls positive numbers, with 51 percent of adult respondents saying they approve of the way he has dealt with economic issues.
Asked how much credit Mr Trump deserves for the state of the economy, 47 percent of respondents say a "great deal" or a "good amount".
The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by landline and cell phone. It had a margin of error ±4 percent points for its sample of 875 registered voters and ±3.5 percent among its full sample of 1008 adults.
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