Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE narrowly trails former Democratic Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) in hypothetical 2020 presidential election matchups, according to a Fox News poll released Sunday.

The poll shows that Biden leads Trump by 7 percentage points among registered voters when the two go head-to-head. The former vice president has not yet officially announced his candidacy but is widely expected to do so.

Sanders is the only other candidate for the Democratic nomination to top Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup. Forty-four percent of those surveyed backed the Vermont senator, compared to 41 percent who support the president.


Trump edges out Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisIs Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Politicians mourn the death of Bill Withers MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) by 2 percentage points each in their respective head-to-head matchups, according to the poll.

A steadily growing field of Democrats has taken shape to seek to the party's nomination to take on Trump in 2020. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE (D-Texas), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots MORE (D-Minn.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Politicians mourn the death of Bill Withers MORE (D-N.J.) are among the others who have entered the race.

Biden and Sanders have consistently ranked at or near the top of polling among Democratic voters about their preferred nominee. They were the top two vote-getters among 403 Democratic primary voters in the Fox News poll.

Trump has criticized both men, recently deriding Biden as "low I.Q." and previously suggesting Sanders had "missed his time" by failing to secure the nomination in 2016.

The support in the new poll for Trump among those surveyed closely mirrors his overall approval rating, which has hovered in the low 40 percent range for much of his presidency.

The poll surveyed 1,002 registered voters from March 17 to March 20. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, meaning each matchup except the one with Biden falls within the margin of error.