Poll: Top 2020 Democrats lead Trump and Pence in Ohio

Poll: Top 2020 Democrats lead Trump and Pence in Ohio
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The top three Democratic White House contenders all lead President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE in Ohio, according to a new Emerson College poll released Thursday.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Bernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions MORE (I-Vt.) have 6-point leads over Trump (53 percent to 47 percent). Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast MORE (D-Mass.) leads Trump by 4 points (52 percent to 48 percent) among the Ohio registered voters surveyed.

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When polling for match-ups with Vice President Pence, Biden leads 54 percent to 46 percent while Sanders and Warren both lead 51 percent to 49 percent.

“At this point, it does not appear that the impeachment issue would significantly impact a Trump candidacy as his numbers are comparable with Pence in the head to head matchups,” Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson Polling, said.

Biden, Sanders and Warren, who are consistently polling in the top three in most national and state-level primary surveys, are buoyed by an underwater approval rating for Trump. Forty-three percent of respondents approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 51 percent disapprove. 

Democrats hope to win back Ohio, a historical swing state that Trump won by about 8 points in 2016 against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE. Trump overperformed in the industrial Rust Belt in that cycle, also flipping Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Democrats have indicated that they will pay extra attention to that region in the 2020 election, already scheduling their nominating conference to take place in Milwaukee. 

The Emerson College poll surveyed 837 registered Ohio voters from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 and has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.