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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE is running neck and neck with the top Democratic presidential contenders, according to a new Emerson College poll. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary 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. 

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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.