Poll: Trump trails 2020 Democratic contenders in Michigan

In the crucial swing state of Michigan, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE trails all of his Democratic challengers that were asked about in a new EPIC-MRA of Lansing poll released Wednesday.

The survey flashes a warning sign for Trump, whose path to reelection likely runs through Midwestern states like Michigan that historically vote Democratic but backed his 2016 bid against Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTop Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP Longtime Democratic pollster: Warren 'obvious solution' for Biden's VP pick How Obama just endorsed Trump MORE.

Trump’s largest deficit in the poll is against former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE, whom he trails by a 49 percent to 42 percent margin. He also trails former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign cancels fundraiser with Mueller prosecutor Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation MORE 50 percent to 44 percent, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (I-Vt.) 50 percent to 45 percent, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE 47 percent to 43 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCOVID-19 workplace complaints surge; unions rip administration Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick MORE (D-Mass.) 48 percent to 45 percent. 


Trump's differences compared to Buttigieg and Warren fall within the poll’s margin of error.

Trump is dragged down by an underwater approval rating, with 43 percent of likely Michigan voters polled giving him a positive rating as president and 55 percent saying they’d give him a negative one.

The poll also showed little wiggle room for the president to improve his standing in Michigan, with no more than 10 percent of voters in any of the match-ups saying they had not yet made up their minds.

Michigan is expected to be a chief battleground state in the presidential race after Trump defeated Clinton there by just 11,000 votes in 2016, marking the first time since 1988 that the Wolverine State voted for a Republican presidential candidate. 

When voters were asked if they would definitely vote to reelect Trump or definitely vote against him if the election were today, 44 percent said they would replace him and 34 percent said they would back him. Another 19 percent said they would consider voting for someone else, and only 3 percent were undecided.

The EPIC-MRA of Lansing poll surveyed 600 active and likely Michigan voters from Jan. 9-12 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.