Poll: Trump Trounces 'Boat Shoes' Buttigieg in Head-to-Head Matchup

Worse than Beto

August 21, 2019

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.

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.

Poll: Boat Shoes Buttigieg, Kamala Five-O No Longer ‘Top Tier’ Candidates

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.

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.

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