A Morning Consult poll published Wednesday does not inspire much confidence in President Donald Trump's chances of winning reelection in 2020 and beyond.
The poll shows the president trailing in head-to-head match-ups against three of the leading Democratic primary candidates—former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.). Trump trails Biden by 6 points, Sanders by 5 points, and Warren by 2 points, according to the poll.
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These numbers bolster the conclusion that Biden, Sanders, and Warren constitute the "top tier" of the Democratic field. Everyone else, including media darlings Mayor Pete "Boat Shoes" Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala "Five-O" Harris, should probably drop out at this point.
Harris's standing in the race has fallen precipitously over the past several weeks, while Buttigieg has failed to gain traction despite formidable fundraising numbers and his dominance in the boat shoe strongholds of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Cape Cod.
In a head-to-head matchup against Trump, the poll found Harris tied with the president at 38 percent. Buttigieg trails by 6 points. That's even worse than failed Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke's 4-point deficit against the president.
Politico/Morning Consult – 2020 matchups:
Trump 40, Biden 46
Trump 39, Bernie 44
Trump 38, Warren 40
Trump 38, Booker 35
Trump 38, Harris 38
Trump 38, Beto 34
Trump 38, Buttigieg 32
Trump approval is at 42-55, and he's again polling below his approval. Big red flag for Trump.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 21, 2019
Among Democratic primary voters, Biden continues to lead the field at 31 percent. Sanders is in second at 20 percent, and Warren in third at 15 percent. Harris's support has fallen from 14 percent in early July to 9 percent in the latest Morning Consult poll. Buttigieg has held steady at 5 percent, having failed to crack double digits since entering the race.