Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups

Six Democratic presidential hopefuls have more support than President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE in Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE carried the biggest lead over Trump, taking 50 percent support in the state to Trump’s 41 percent. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members MORE (I-Vt.) also beats Trump in a hypothetical matchup, 48 percent to 42 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mnuchin to put 5B in COVID-19 relief funds beyond successor's reach No, the government cannot seize, break or 'bypass' pharmaceutical patents — even for COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.) carries a 4-point lead over Trump in Florida, while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized MORE (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE each lead the president by 1 point.


The poll results were released hours before Trump is expected to formally launch his 2020 reelection campaign with a rally in Orlando, Fla.

The findings suggest that the president may face a tougher time than expected as he looks to shore up support in the Sunshine State. He won Florida in 2016 by roughly 1 point, and his campaign is expected to invest heavily there in 2020.

Trump owns several properties in Florida, including Mar-a-Lago, a lavish private club in West Palm Beach that the president has traveled to frequently since entering the White House.

According to the Quinnipiac survey, most Florida voters — 54 percent — say they are better off financially today than they were in 2016, while only 23 percent say they are worse off.

But despite that, Trump’s approval in Florida is underwater. Forty-four percent said they approve of the job he’s doing, while more than half of respondents — 51 percent — disapprove.

The poll numbers are welcome news for Democrats after a midterm election cycle in which two of the party’s highest-profile candidates in Florida — former Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 MORE (D) and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum — lost their respective bids to Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Group of Florida mayors calls on DeSantis to issue mask mandate DeSantis promises to keep Florida open despite recent coronavirus case surge MORE (R), two staunch Trump allies.

"Florida Republicans have won the last five major statewide elections, all by very close margins, but Sunshine State Democrats see these very early numbers as a sign that their losing streak might be coming to an end," Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said.

Florida Democratic voters won’t head to the polls to choose their presidential nominee until March 17, and the state has not yet become a regular campaign stop for the slate of Democratic hopefuls.

But Democratic groups and activists are gearing up for a massive electoral push in the state leading up to the 2020 election.

Two liberal super PACs, Priorities USA and American Bridge 21st Century, are preparing to drop hundreds of millions of dollars in four battleground states, including Florida. Meanwhile, Gillum and the Florida Democratic Party are prepping a major voter registration push in a bid to increase turnout in 2020.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,279 Florida voters from June 12 to June 17. The survey has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.