Biden only Democrat with strong positive favorability numbers: poll

Biden only Democrat with strong positive favorability numbers: poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry Young Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive MORE is the only Democratic presidential candidate with a clear positive favorability rating, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants 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 SandersKamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages Kamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages Playing fast and loose with the economic facts MORE (I-Vt.), at 16 percent.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement 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 Ann WarrenFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Black Economic Alliance official says African-American voters will 'determine who sits in the White House' MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup MORE (D-N.J.) all had negative favorability ratings of at least 7 points. New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate 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.