Trump trails top five 2020 Democrats in national poll

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE trails all five Democrats who have consistently ranked in top spots in surveys of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The newest survey shows Trump falling behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Government watchdog to investigate allegations of Trump interference at CDC, FDA MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter As VP Kamala Harris could be a powerful voice for women's retirement security The clock is ticking and Trump is still taking a shellacking MORE (D-Calif.), each by double digits.

Biden leads Trump by 16 points while Sanders leads by 14 points, Warren leads by 12 points and Harris leads by 11 points in hypothetical match-ups with Trump.


The poll found Biden, Sanders, Warren and Harris each topping 50 percent support in match-ups against Trump, who does not poll higher than 40 percent in any of the head-to-head scenarios.

The survey also found South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE (D) with a 9-point lead over Trump, 49 to 40 percent, if they were to go head-to-head.

“In hypothetical matchups between President Trump and the top five Democratic presidential candidates, one key number is 40,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow.

“It’s the ceiling of support for Trump, no matter the candidate. It hovers close to his job approval rating, which has stayed in a tight range since being elected," she added. 

The survey comes as Democrats weigh the electability of various candidates against Trump.

However, the Quinnipiac University survey could further cut into Biden’s argument that he is the only Democrat running who could unseat Trump next year.

A separate Monmouth University survey released earlier this week found Biden's long-time lead in the primary field having shrunk, raising questions about his electability argument.

Still, a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found Biden with a solid lead in the Democratic race, pulling 32 percent support compared to 19 percent for Warren and 15 percent for Sanders.

Biden's camp has sought to highlight the former vice president's appeal for a general election.

“So yes, you know, your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘OK, I personally like so-and-so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump,” Jill Biden, Joe Biden's wife, said last week.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,422 registered voters from Aug. 21 to 26 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.