Poll: 37% say Trump is candidate who cares about their problems and needs the most

A plurality of voters in a new Hill/HarrisX poll say they believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE is the 2020 White House candidate who cares most about their personal problems and needs, while a majority say his Democratic rivals care the most.

While 37 percent of voters in the poll said they viewed Trump as the more caring candidate, more than half of voters – 62 percent – said they would pick either former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE or Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (I-Vt.), the two Democrats still running for president, as the most caring candidate.

Biden was slightly more favored than Sanders among those who said they would be the most caring candidate, 33 to 29 percent, while both trailed Trump in the three-person survey.

Despite the plurality support for Trump, Democratic strategist and Autonomy Strategies founder Kristian Ramos said he believes if it was a two-way race the numbers come out in favor of Biden.

"That's a winning coalition right there for Joe Biden," Ramos told The Hill.

"Those numbers are hard to overcome for the President, right now he's getting destroyed by this coronavirus situation," he added. "These numbers I don't think truly reflect that just yet, and so once we start to see those numbers develop I think it's a very tough race for the President."

Biden has commanding lead over Sanders in the race for delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, though polls have shown that Sanders continues to have overwhelmingly support among young voters. Biden has sought to win over those supporters after a series of recent primary wins.

Aracely Jimenez-Hudis, deputy communications director for the Sunrise Movement, a youth environmental activist organization backing Sanders, said that the former vice president has work to do in order to win over those who support the progressive senator.

"Bernie Sanders is one of the strongest candidates for our generation," Jimenez-Hudis told The Hill.

"We sure hope that Joe Biden is open to be pushed on his entire agenda, not just climate change. Right now you have him campaigning against medicare-for-all in a global pandemic. I think that just shows how wildly out of touch Joe Biden is with what everyone in this country is in desperate need of right now," she added.

Among younger voters, Sanders received 47 percent support in the Hill/HarrisX survey – 18 points ahead of Biden and 23 points ahead of Trump. Still, Trump maintained higher support among several demographic groups such as men, white voters and voters ages 35 and older.

"Do not for a second assume those voters who believe that Bernie Sanders cares most about their problems and needs are ‘in the bank’ for Biden when this is officially a two-way race," B.J. Martino, Republican pollster and Partner of the Terrance Group, told The Hill.

"President Trump has a claim to a good portion of those voters, and the Democrats have a lot of work to do to bring some of Senator Sanders’ supporters back into the fold.  Once again, the Democratic Party establishment has gone against the wishes of their more youthful left, and we saw how that turned out in 2016.”

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,001 registered voters between March 14-15. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. 

—Gabriela Schulte