USA Today reports that President Donald Trump is currently leading all potential Democratic rivals in his bid for a second term.
The paper references a poll of registered voters conducted in conjunction with Suffolk University and which found that Trump has pulled ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden by three points in a hypothetical head-to-head contest.
Trump does even better against against Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), with the president beating both potential opponents by five and eight percentage points respectively.
The gap widens further when Trump is matched against former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In that race, the president bests his fellow billionaire by nine points. When stacked against South Bend Mayor Pete Pete Buttigieg, Trump’s lead expands to double digits, growing to 10 points.
While Trump consistently dominated among male voters, all of his Democratic rivals took either a majority or a plurality of female voters.
Trump also won voters over the age of 35 but lost among those between the ages of 18 and 34.
A number of the survey’s participants were asked to explain the reasons why they chose to support a given candidate. Some expressed a personal affinity for Trump..
“I like Donald Trump’s attitude,” said Army veteran and retired teacher Amy Locklear. “If you say you’re going to do something, he’ll do it. He actually gets it done.”
Others were impressed by the president’s strong record of economic results.
“My 401(k) is doing better than it’s ever done,” North Carolina truck driver Jason Mayo declared. “Why waste the time going through all the stuff we’re going through now?” the 42-year-old asked in relation to impeachment. Mayo is expecting Trump to win re-election “hands down.”
However, the president’s detractors also voiced their concerns. One of Trump’s detractors was Cincinnati resident Elmer Ciers, who said he was prepared to vote for any Democrat alternative. A 58-year-old doctoral student, Ciers indicated that he was “scared for the future and our legacy,” pointing to climate change as one of his key concerns.
Surveying a thousand registered voters, the poll was taken between Dec. 10 and Dec. 14, and participants were contacted through both landlines and cell phones. The poll reported a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.