Saturday 24 August 2019

Any of the top five Democrats would beat Trump - poll

Kamala Harris: Poll says she’d beat Trump by four percentage points. Photo: Reuters
Kamala Harris: Poll says she’d beat Trump by four percentage points. Photo: Reuters

Joe Sommerlad

There are almost too many Democrats to count in the 2020 primaries - but any of the top five leading candidates would beat Donald Trump in a general election, according to the latest polling.

Despite the majority of those surveyed saying the president is doing a good job with the nation's economy (56pc), each of the five highest-polling Democrats on the campaign trail beat Mr Trump in CNN's head-to-head polling conducted by SSRS.

Beto O’Rourke: Poll puts Texan 10 percentage points ahead of Trump. Photo: Reuters
Beto O’Rourke: Poll puts Texan 10 percentage points ahead of Trump. Photo: Reuters

Beto O'Rourke bests Mr Trump by the highest margin, with 52pc of voters saying they would vote for him compared to 42pc who said they would vote for the president in a race against the Texas Democrat.

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders each beat out Mr Trump as well with a 6pc and 7pc advantage respectively, while Kamala Harris leads the president by 4pc.

Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg - who has climbed in the polls in recent weeks and proved effective at national fundraising despite little name recognition - also would beat Mr Trump by 3pc, according to the poll.

Elizabeth Warren appears to be the only candidate polled in the SSRS survey who did not beat out Mr Trump, though the two politicians are effectively neck-and-neck.

While Mr Trump holds 48pc in a race against the liberal Massachusetts senator, Ms Warren maintains 47pc of support if she were to secure the Democratic nomination.

Mr Trump's acting chief of staff suggested voters would effectively return him to the Oval Office in the 2020 elections during a talk this week in California, where he foreshadowed the economy would serve as one of the top factors in his re-election victory.

"You hate to sound like a cliché, but are you better off than you were four years ago?

"It's pretty simple, right? It's the economy, stupid. I think that's easy. People will vote for somebody they don't like if they think it's good for them," Mick Mulvaney said.

Democrats on Capitol Hill yesterday passed their first climate change bill since regaining control of the House of Representatives, ordering Mr Trump to renege on his move to withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris accords at the end of his first term.

It also requires the president to meet US obligations agreed to by the Obama administration under the Paris Agreement of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28pc below 2005 levels by 2025.

The bill passed 231-190, with just three Republicans crossing the divide.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, however, warns it shall not pass, dismissing the gesture as "political theatre".

Even if it were to be allowed to reach the upper chamber for debate and went on to secure an unlikely Republican rebellion, Mr Trump would simply veto it as soon as it landed on his desk - as he did the recent motion of disapproval against his national emergency declaration - rather than row back on a campaign promise.

But that's not the point. The move allows the Democrats to capitalise on the urgency introduced to the subject by progressive congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal, dragging global warming back into the national spotlight in time for 2020 and placing renewed pressure on the Trump White House to revise its view before the last grains of sand tumble through the hourglass.

Attorney General William Barr's snubbing of the House Democrats has ramped up the tensions between the White House and Congress, pushing the House closer to holding the nation's top law enforcement official in contempt of Congress and prompting Speaker Nancy Pelosi to liken Mr Trump to ex-president Richard Nixon.

The almost daily confrontations between the two branches of government increase the pressure on Ms Pelosi to initiate impeachment proceedings against Mr Trump, a politically fraught move that she has resisted in the absence of strong public sentiment and bipartisan support. Many Democrats argue that the 2020 election is the best means to oust the president. But Democrats are infuriated with Mr Barr, who refused to testify on Thursday at the House Judiciary Committee's scheduled hearing on his handling of Robert Mueller's report, and Mr Trump's defiance in the face of multiple congressional requests for documents and witnesses. (© Independent News Service)

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