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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage, implying that it's sexist Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Schumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate MORE (I-Vt.) both poll ahead of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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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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.