Poll: Biden, Warren, Sanders all lead Trump by 2 points in head-to-head match-ups

Poll: Biden, Warren, Sanders all lead Trump by 2 points in head-to-head match-ups
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE is running neck and neck with the top Democratic presidential contenders, according to a new Emerson College poll. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.) all lead Trump by 2 points — 51 percent to 49 percent — nationally, within the poll’s margin of error. No other Democratic candidate was polled in head-to-head match-ups with Trump. 


Tuesday’s survey shows slight improvements for both Biden and Sanders, compared to Emerson's September poll, while Warren's support remains the same. Biden led Trump 50 percent to 49 percent last month, while Sanders trailed Trump by 2 points. 

The Democrats are aided by sinking approval ratings for the president. Forty-seven percent of respondents now disapprove of the job he’s doing, while 43 percent approve. Trump’s approval rating was slightly above water last month, with 48 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving.

The new poll comes as the White House faces controversies on multiple fronts, most notably over the House’s impeachment investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and the president’s decision to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria. Voters in the Emerson survey were slightly in favor of impeaching Trump, with 48 percent in support and 44 percent in opposition. Respondents were split, meanwhile, on the troop withdrawal, 40 percent to 39 percent. 

However, the survey shows that impeachment could backfire on Democrats if the president is not convicted in the Senate.

“Impeachment does have the potential to boomerang on Democrats if President Trump is not convicted, as 35% of voters said they would be more likely to vote for President Trump if he is impeached and not convicted, while a lesser 28% saying a lack of conviction would make them less likely to vote for Trump,” said Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson Polling, in a release. 

The Emerson College survey polled 1,000 registered voters from Oct. 18-21 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.