President Donald Trump faces an uphill climb to re-election in 2020 against a slate of prominent potential Democratic hopefuls, according to new polling from CNN conducted by SSRS.
In a series of hypothetical 2020 one-on-one contests Trump trails Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by a 55% to 42% margin among registered voters. He lags further behind former Vice President Joe Biden by a wide 57% to 40% split, and trails television personality Oprah Winfrey by a 51% to 42% divide.
The potential broad margins for the Democratic 2020 matchups are shaped by winning over some core groups that cast ballots for Trump in 2016, including white women and whites with a college degree. Trump leads among whites without a degree, though it’s cut to just one-third of his gaping 2016 margin. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2 percentage points in 2016 but lost in the Electoral College.
Those are not narrow leads for these three highly prospective Democratic matchups against Donald Trump, which underscores the depth of Trump’s unpopularity heading into the 2018 midterm elections. To the extent that Trump’s damaged brand is attached by voters to all members of Trump’s Republican Party up for election this year, these numbers only reinforce the broad consensus that Republicans will face major losses at every level.
As for President Oprah Winfrey, we’ll withhold our opinion on that for the unlikely event it becomes a thing.