Aug. 28--A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday found five top Democrats running for president defeating President Donald Trump in a hypothetical matchup.
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads Trump 54 percent to 38 percent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders edges out Trump 53 percent to 39 percent, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren bests Trump 52 percent to 40 percent, California Sen. Kamala Harris has a 51 percent to 40 percent lead and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is ahead 49 percent to 40 percent.
"In hypothetical matchups between President Trump and the top five Democratic presidential candidates, one key number is 40," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow. "It's the ceiling of support for Trump, no matter the candidate. It hovers close to his job approval rating, which has stayed in a tight range since being elected."
Quinnipiac said Trumps low numbers may be partly explained by a lack of support among white women, a key voting bloc that supported him in the 2016 election. In the poll released Wednesday, white women supported the Democratic candidate by double digits in every matchup.
Trump's approval rating in Wednesday's poll was 38 percent, down two percentage points from a month ago. And for the first time since he was elected, more voters said the national economy is getting worse than getting better, by a 37 percent to 31 percent margin. Another 30 percent said the economy is staying the same.
Among the Democrats vying for the party's presidential nomination, Biden is in the lead with the support of 32 percent of Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic, according to Wednesday's poll. Warren is in second at 19 percent, Sanders has 15 percent, Harris polled at 7 percent and Buttigieg received 5 percent. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang received 3 percent and no other candidate topped 1 percent.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,422 registered voters between Aug. 21-26 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. The survey included 648 Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points among those results.
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