Voters prefer President Donald Trump to the Democrat front-runner Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the moment, according to the new poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
The survey showed that 50% of likely U.S. voters said they would vote for President Trump if the 2020 presidential race was between him and Sanders, who is leading in polls to become the Democratic nominee.
Forty-three percent of the likely voters said they approved the Vermont senator, while 7% were undecided.
The incumbent president won 84% of the Republican vote and led 49% to 39% among voters not affiliated with either major party. Sanders captured 75% of Democrats, but 22% of Democratic voters opted for President Trump instead.
“President Trump would KO Democrat front-runner Bernie Sanders if the 2020 presidential election were held today,” Rasmussen wrote in its report.
Senior Democrats, including many of Sanders’s opponents for the presidential nomination, argued that his socialist views are too radical for a general election. With Sanders’s views getting a wider airing in recent days due to his front-runner status, the new findings suggest that’s true.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has recently had a narrow lead over former Vice President Joe Biden among Democrats nationally in the nominee race: Biden and Sanders are seen as most likely to be nominated after Bloomberg’s disastrous debate debut and Biden’s continued poor showing.
The survey, conducted on Feb. 24-25, showed that President Trump had a double-digit lead over Sanders among men, but the two were tied among women voters. The president led among voters in all age groups.
Sanders picked up 60% of the blacks, and President Trump led among the whites 54% to 39% and edged Sanders 48% to 44% among other minority voters.
Among voters with a Very Favorable opinion of socialism, 74% preferred Sanders. Meanwhile, 88% of voters with a Very Unfavorable view of socialism chose President Trump.