WASHINGTON – The three Democrats whose names are mentioned most often as presidential contenders in 2020 would all win the upcoming election against President Donald Trump, according to a survey published Wednesday by the daily Politico.
The survey, prepared with the Morning Consult consulting firm, is one of the first to be published dealing with the balloting in which Trump – in all likelihood – will seek re-election more than two years from now.
The Democratic candidate with the best prospects in a hypothetical head-to-head race with Trump is independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who was Hillary Clinton’s rival in the 2016 race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders would obtain 44 percent of the votes of those surveyed, against 32 percent for Trump.
Former Vice President Joe Biden would obtain 43 percent of the votes against 31 percent for Trump and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would receive 34 percent of the votes to 30 percent for the current president.
On the other hand, Trump would win a confrontation with other possible – but lesser known – Democratic aspirants, including Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris, or attorney Michael Avenatti, the latter seemingly an extreme long shot to secure the Democratic nomination but who is currently much in the news because he is representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, in her lawsuit against the president.
Of interest is the fact that the survey found that the percentage of voters who would support Trump fluctuates between 28 percent and 32 percent, a level of support that is considered to be quite low for a sitting president, according to Politico.
The survey was conducted between Aug. 16-18 – before the guilty verdicts against Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort or the guilty pleas filed by the president’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen became known – and has an error margin of plus or minus two percent.