Poll: Trump trails 2020 Democratic contenders in Michigan

In the crucial swing state of Michigan, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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 ClintonDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: High stakes at last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday MORE.

Trump’s largest deficit in the poll is against former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE, whom he trails by a 49 percent to 42 percent margin. He also trails former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE 50 percent to 44 percent, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (I-Vt.) 50 percent to 45 percent, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE 47 percent to 43 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (D-Mass.) 48 percent to 45 percent. 

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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.