Poll: Trump trails the top Democratic contenders in North Carolina

Poll: Trump trails the top Democratic contenders in North Carolina
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A new poll out Wednesday finds President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE trailing the top three Democratic White House hopefuls in North Carolina, which the president carried by nearly 4 points in 2016.

The new survey from left-leaning Public Policy Polling found former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE with a 5-point lead, 51-46, over Trump. Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter MORE (I-Vt.) each hold a 3-point lead over the president, which falls just inside the poll's margin of error.

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The survey found Trump tied with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders allies in new uproar over DNC convention appointments Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' MORE (D-Calif.) at 47 percent support each, and the president edging South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Hill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party MORE 47-46.

Republicans will hold their nominating convention in Charlotte next year. Former President Obama won the Tar Heel State in 2008, but the state has gone for the Republican presidential candidate in every other election since 1980, including for Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP confident of win on witnesses Collins Senate bid threatens to spark GOP rift in Georgia Republicans signal renewed confidence they'll avoid witness fight MORE against Obama in 2012.

Trump’s job approval in the state is higher than it is nationally, at 46 percent approval, though 51 percent disapprove of the job he's doing. Voters in the state are split on impeachment in the survey, with 48 percent supporting the inquiry and 48 percent opposing. 

In the state's Democratic primary, Biden holds a healthy lead with 39 percent support, followed by Warren at 22, Buttigieg at 9 and Sanders at 3.

North Carolina’s primary will take place on March 3, or Super Tuesday.

The Public Policy Polling survey of 963 voters in North Carolina was conducted from Oct. 4 to 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.