Poll: Donald Trump Beats Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders in 2020 Matchup

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President Donald Trump defeats Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in a potential presidential matchup in 2020 in the bellwether state of North Carolina, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

Public Policy Polling (PPP), a left-leaning polling firm, released a series of polls for a potential matchup between President Trump and six Democrat contenders and found mixed results.

The poll found that President Trump has a 46 percent approval rating, while 50 percent of North Carolinians disapprove of the president, and four percent remain unsure about him.

Dean Debnam, president of PPP, said that President Trump is doing fine, given this early stage in the next presidential election cycle.

“After winning the state by 4 points in 2016 he looks like even money at best for 2020 in the state, at least at this early stage,” Debnam said.

North Carolina has trended towards Republicans during recent presidential elections.

President Donald Trump won North Carolina during the 2016 presidential election by nearly four points over Hillary Clinton, while Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama in North Carolina by 2.2 points in the 2012 presidential election. Obama won the state during the 2008 presidential election.

The six potential contenders polled are:

  1. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
  2. Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) Democrat challenger, Beto O’Rourke
  3. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  4. Sen. Bernie Sanders
  5. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  6. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

Biden and Sanders serve as the two Democrats with the most name recognition. Both of them have name recognition in the high 80s, and both beat Trump by single digits in a 2020 matchup in North Carolina.

Forty-nine percent of North Carolinians picked Biden, while 44 percent signaled their support for Trump.

Forty-eight percent of North Carolina voters chose the Vermont democratic socialist at 48 percent, while 45 percent chose Trump.

Warren ranks as the third most-known Democrat in the 70 percent range and ties with Trump in a North Carolina 2020 matchup. Harris also ties with Trump in a 2020 contest in North Carolina.

In contrast, both Booker and O’Rourke lose to Trump by one point.

Harris, O’Rourke, and Booker all have name recognition levels below 50 percent.

The poll arises as North Carolina has yet to determine the winner of the state’s Ninth Congressional District. The state Board of Elections certified that Republican Pastor Mark Harris won the election by 905 votes; however, the state’s Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement refused to certify the elections due to “election irregularities,” leaving the district without a congressman in the new Congress for an unknown amount of time.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will host its 2020 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2020, showcasing the importance of the state in the next presidential election.


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