Poll: Biden, Sanders top Trump in North Carolina in potential 2020 match-ups

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Top Zelensky aide refutes Sondland testimony The great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE (I-Vt.) both poll ahead of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE in a survey of North Carolina voters for potential 2020 Democratic contenders.

Biden leads Trump by 5 points, 49 percent to 44 percent, in the survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling released on Wednesday and Sanders leads the president by 3 points, 48 percent to 45 percent. 

Trump was pitted against six possible Democratic opponents in the poll, and registered no higher than 46 percent support in the key battleground state.  

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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Buttigieg surrogate on candidate's past consulting work: 'I don't think it matters' Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE (D-Mass.), who recently became the first major Democratic name to jump into the 2020 race, tied with Trump at 46 percent support apiece. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Krystal Ball: Media turns on Buttigieg, will this end him? Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller MORE (D-Calif.) and Trump both had 45 percent support. 

Trump topped former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges The great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence MORE (D-N.J.) by 1 point among North Carolina voters, 46 percent to 45 percent.

Voters in the state are closely divided on their support of the president, with 50 percent disapproving of his job performance, compared to 46 percent who approve.

“Donald Trump’s not very popular in North Carolina,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “After winning the state by 4 points in 2016, he looks like even money at best for 2020 in the state, at least at this early stage.” 

The Public Policy Polling survey was conducted among 750 registered voters between Jan. 4-7. The margin of error is 3.6 percentage points.