Trump trails top 2020 Democrats in general election, ties with Buttigieg

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE narrowly trails the top Democratic presidential contenders ahead of next year’s 2020 general election and is tied with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE (D), according to a new Emerson College poll released Wednesday. 

Trump trails former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) by a 52-48 margin and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) by a 51-49 margin. Trump and Buttigieg are knotted up at 50-50.

The poll marks a dip for Trump, who led against Biden and Buttigieg and was tied with Warren in the same poll in November. 


Trump’s margins against the top four Democrats are fueled largely by strong leads among male voters and double-digit deficits among female voters.

The president holds 12-point leads among men against Biden and Buttigieg, a 16-point lead against Warren and an 8-point lead over Sanders.

However, he faces steep gaps among women, trailing the top four Democrats anywhere from 10 to 18 points among the demographic, a key Democratic voting bloc. 

Trump is anchored by a slightly underwater approval rating, with 46 percent of voters approving of the job he’s doing while 49 percent disapprove. The rating marks a slight dip from November, when 48 percent of voters approved of the job Trump was doing and 47 percent disapproved.

The poll, which comes the same day as the House is set to vote on two articles of impeachment against Trump, shows that voters are split on the president's ouster, with 45 percent in support and 45 percent in opposition.

The Emerson College poll surveyed 1,222 registered voters from Dec. 15 to 17 and has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.