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 TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE is running neck and neck with the top Democratic presidential contenders, according to a new Emerson College poll. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on 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.