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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: 68 percent of Democrats say it 'makes no difference' if a candidate is a billionaire CNN to host two straight nights of Democratic town halls before NH primary Poll shows tight general election battle between Trump and top Democrats MORE (D), according to a new Emerson College poll released Wednesday. 

Trump trails former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to Clinton: 'This is not the kind of rhetoric that we need' Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Human Rights Campaign president rips Sanders's embrace of Rogan endorsement MORE (I-Vt.) by a 52-48 margin and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKlobuchar plans campaign rallies across Iowa despite impeachment trial Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Wyden asks NSA to investigate White House cybersecurity | Commerce withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon objects | Warren calls on Brazil to drop Greenwald charges Warren pledges to release Trump records if elected 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. 

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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.