Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Harris lead Trump in Georgia: Poll

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE may be in for a tough reelection fight in Georgia in 2020, according to a poll released on Wednesday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that shows him trailing five of his potential Democratic rivals.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE holds the biggest lead over Trump, besting him 51 percent to 43 percent in a hypothetical matchup, according to the AJC poll. 

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Four other candidates — Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina Sanders says gender 'still an obstacle' for female politicians Sanders v. Warren is just for insiders MORE (D) — hold narrower leads over Trump, ranging from 4 points in Sanders’s case to a single point in Harris’s case. Warren and Buttigieg each lead Trump by 3 points in hypothetical matchups.

The survey, conducted for the AJC by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, may be overly optimistic for Democrats. Nearly 62 percent of those who responded to the poll were college educated, a disproportionate sample compared to the state’s actual makeup. 

What’s more, 43.3 percent of respondents said they voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Sanders v. Warren is just for insiders Alan Dershowitz: Argument president cannot be impeached for abusing power a 'strong one' MORE in the 2016 presidential election compared to 41.7 percent who said they voted for Trump. In fact, Trump carried Georgia by roughly 5 points that year.

Still, the poll is likely to be seen as a welcome sign by Democrats, who argue that Georgia has become more competitive as new residents flock to the state and infrequent voters become more engaged. The 2020 Democratic presidential primary in Georgia will be held on March 24.

A Democratic presidential candidate has not won Georgia in a general election since 1992, when Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonImpeachment trial will need a 'Perry Mason moment' Meet Pelosi's 7 impeachment managers Trump lawyers attack House impeachment as 'brazen and unlawful' effort to overturn 2016 results MORE narrowly beat then-President George H.W. Bush in the state.

The survey shows Trump’s approval in Georgia underwater, with roughly 54 percent of respondents disapproving of his job in office and 44 percent approving. 

But the president’s approval among Republican voters appears to be on the rise. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans surveyed said they either strongly or somewhat approve of Trump’s job in the White House — a 4-point rise from a similar poll conducted in April.

The AJC–University of Georgia poll surveyed 1,028 voters by telephone from Oct. 30 to Nov. 8 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.