As financial markets around the world continue to crater and the corona virus reaches pandemic proportions, more bad news arrived for President Donald Trump in the form of a new poll from Fox News which shows the president trailing six of the top Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination and only 32 percent of those surveyed saying they will “definitely” support Trump for a second term in office.
The big headline from the poll is that Trump would lose to six of the Democrats seeking the nomination of their party if the election were held today, with former Vice President Joe Biden besting the president by eight percentage points, 49 to 41 percent.
However, even Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who is considered a long shot to win the nomination, is ahead of Trump in a head-to-head match up, beating him by one point.
Sanders/Trump: 49% – 42%
Biden/Trump: 49% – 41%
Bloomberg/Trump: 48% – 40%
Warren/Trump: 46% – 43%
Buttigieg/Trump: 45% – 42%
Klobuchar/Trump: 44% – 43%
Fox News / February 26, 2020 / n=1000 / MOE 3% / Telephonehttps://t.co/Y2uk5XBFDo
— Polling USA (@USA_Polling) February 27, 2020
A closer look inside the numbers of the Fox poll also suggests that Trump will have a difficult time winning a second term in office:
- Just 32 percent of voters say they will “definitely” support Trump in the November general election. 45 percent said they will “definitely” back his eventual Democratic challenger.
- A majority of those surveyed– 52 percent — would vote for someone other than Trump.
Democrats also told Fox pollsters that they want total transparency from whoever winds up being the nominee: 72 percent want to see full medical records and 90 percent want to see tax returns from the Democratic nominee. Trump has repeatedly refused to release either of those.
The poll was conducted before coronavirus had reached the United States, but it seems safe to assume that Trump’s bumbling, often incoherent response to the health crisis and plunge on Wall Street will only drive the president’s numbers even lower, as his one signature issue — the economy — becomes a liability instead of an advantage.
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