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Biden only Democrat with strong positive favorability numbers: poll

Biden only Democrat with strong positive favorability numbers: poll
© Greg Nash

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE is the only Democratic presidential candidate with a clear positive favorability rating, while President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE's approval flounders despite strong marks on the economy, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University national poll released Tuesday found that 49 percent of all voters surveyed have a favorable view of Biden, compared to 39 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of him.

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He is also the top pick for his party's nomination among Democrats surveyed, with 35 percent saying they would choose Biden. The next closest candidate is Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressives 'shouldn't lose sight' of struggling Americans during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.), at 16 percent.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Buttigieg confirmation hearing slated for Thursday James Murdoch predicts 'a reckoning' for media after Capitol riot MORE is the only other Democrat to post a positive favorability rating — 23 percent favorable versus 19 percent unfavorable. The 4-point net positive is just outside the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerNCAA tables name, image and likeness vote after DOJ warns of potential antitrust violations Warren and other senators seek investigation into Trump administration resuming federal executions Cory Booker says he has no plans to propose to Rosario Dawson this Christmas MORE (D-N.J.) all had negative favorability ratings of at least 7 points. New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Third bank cuts ties with Trump after Capitol riot New York City ending multiple contracts with Trump Organization over Capitol riot MORE (D) had the worst favorability; he is underwater by 37 points.

The poll underscores the threat Biden poses to Trump in a possible 2020 matchup. Trump has been fixated on the former vice president in recent weeks, predicting Biden would secure the Democratic nomination and seeking to attack him for his ties to China and his political record.

Trump repeatedly hit Biden during a Monday night campaign rally in Pennsylvania, a state that will be crucial to the outcome of the 2020 race.

The Quinnipiac survey found that Trump's approval rating is nearly 20 points underwater. Thirty-eight percent of respondents approved of his performance, compared to 57 percent who disapproved.

The low approval figures were accompanied by overall positive views of the economy, which Trump regularly takes credit for.

Twenty-two percent of voters surveyed said the economy was "excellent," and 49 percent said it was "good." The 71 percent combined total is the highest mark in more than 17 years, according to Quinnipiac.

Fifty-two percent of voters said they are better off financially than they were in 2016, the poll found.

But Trump received poor marks on foreign policy and trade, dragging down his overall approval number.

The poll, conducted May 16–20 among 1,708 voters, has a margin of error of 3.7 points. The survey included 454 Democrats and respondents who lean Democratic, with that group having a margin of error of 5.6 points.