President Trump brags that we will defeat all comers in his re-election bid in 2020, but a new poll shows it might be harder than he thinks.
Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans want to see Trump win a second term, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. While the president’s approval rating is 43%, just 37% of registered voters want him re-elected (you gotta' wonder about that 6% who support Trump but don't want him back in for a second term). Meanwhile, more than half (58%) want someone new in in the White House.
The end of the 2018 midterm kicks off the 2020 presidential contest, and the president doesn’t start off with a strong base of support. Just 36% of Americans feel Trump should be re-elected while nearly 6-in-10 (59%) say it is time to have someone else in office. Among registered voters, the result stands at 37% who support re-election and 58% who prefer a new president. Those who want to see someone new in the Oval Office in 2020 include 92% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and a small but not trivial 16% of Republicans.
“It’s interesting that the number of Americans who feel Trump deserves re-election is actually smaller than the number who give him a positive job rating. It seems that some Americans are okay with Trump as president now but feel that four years might be enough,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The poll also found that few support the impeachment of Trump — just 36% of those surveyed said that they supported it, while 59% said they did not.
Of course, the 2020 election is a long time off, and many things will play out beforehand: The conclusion of the Russia collusion probe by special counsel Robert Mueller; the possible election of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the new House Speaker; and the health of the economy, among other things.
What's more, the Democrats at this point have a weak field of possible candidates, topped by former Obama Vice President Joe Biden, one recent poll found.
“Well, I dream, I dream about Biden. That’s a dream,” Trump told CBS in July. “I’d love to have it be Biden.”
Biden “by himself could never do anything,” Trump said, adding that Biden has twice run unsuccessfully. “President Obama took him out of the garbage heap ... made him vice president, and he was fine.”
The next two on the list, according to the poll: Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the only other candidate to poll in double digits.
The Monmouth poll of 802 adults was conducted from November 9-12, after the midterm elections, and has a margin of error of 3.5%.