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 TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE is running neck and neck with the top Democratic presidential contenders, according to a new Emerson College poll. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinger Neil Young says that America's presidents haven't done enough address climate change New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide 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.