Latest CNN poll
This is getting more and more interesting as the primary season approaches.
In general election match-ups, Trump is defeated by the top SIX Dem. candidates:
- Biden 53; Trump 44
- Bloomberg 52; Trump 43
- Sanders 52; Trump 45
- Warren 50; Trump 45
- Buttigieg 49; Trump 45
- Klobuchar 48; Trump 45
Here are some other interesting goodies from this poll.
"Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has improved his standing in the national Democratic race for president, joining former Vice President Joe Biden in a two-person top tier above the rest of the field. . . ."
"Sanders has made gains nearly across the board, clearly pulling away from Warren among liberals (33% back Sanders, while 19% support Warren in the new poll), a group where the two had been running closely through much of the fall. Sanders has also pulled about even with Biden among voters of color (30% for Sanders, 27% for Biden). "
"Biden remains the candidate a plurality of Democrats say has the best chance to defeat Trump."
"The share of Democrats who say nominating a candidate who can defeat Trump is more important than choosing one who agrees with them on the issues has rebounded to 57%, according to the poll. Sanders has made gains as the preferred choice of potential Democratic voters who prioritize defeating the president as well."
Now for the bad news--those "swing" states that gave Trump the presidency (Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, etc.)--
"The poll included an oversample of those living in 15 battleground states, defined as those where the race between Clinton and Trump in 2016 was decided by 8 points or fewer. In those states, the poll finds consistently tight races regardless of the nominees, with Democrats ranging from 46% to 49% support and Trump from 47% to 50%. In none of the six tested matchups does either candidate hold a significant advantage. "
"For Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, health care (55% extremely important) and climate change (50%) dominate, with gun policy third (37%) while the economy (32%), immigration (32%) and foreign policy (31%) lag behind."
"For Republicans and Republican-leaners, just 27% cite health care as extremely important and only 8% consider climate change that important. At the top of their list is the economy (49% extremely important), followed by gun policy (41%) and immigration (36%). "
That "battleground states" figure catches my attention. Those are the states that, by a very narrow margin, gave Trump the electoral college win last time.