According to a new poll, just 38% of voters support Trump‘s campaign to win a second term in office in 2020.
The latest Monmouth University poll found:
Just under 4-in-10 registered voters (38%) say that Trump should be re-elected in 2020. A majority of 57% say it is time for someone new in the Oval Office….About 8-in-10 Republicans (79%) back a second term for the president while nearly all Democrats (94%) say it is time for someone new. Most independent voters (55%) want a change while 39% support the incumbent.
Republican voters and independents who lean Republican are divided on whether Trump should be given a clear path to their party’s re-nomination next year. Just under half (49%) would prefer that Trump run unopposed while 43% would like to see him face a primary challenge.
Democrats Don’t Want An Ideologue. They want someone who can win
The Monmouth poll also found that Democrats are more interested in nominating someone who can win over someone who shares their policy views, “The poll also asked registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents about their party’s nomination process. In considering who should be their party’s standard bearer, a majority of 56% prefer someone who would be a strong candidate against Trump even if they disagree with that candidate on most issues. Just 33% say they would prefer a nominee who they are aligned with on the issues even if that person would have a hard time beating Trump. Democratic women (61%) are more likely than men (45%) to say they would put their policy positions aside in order to get a nominee who could beat Trump.”
Democrats are not falling into the trap of believing that anyone can beat Trump. Competence and experience are the likely qualities that will draw voters to the Democratic ticket after four years of incompetent chaos under Trump. The 2018 midterm election showed that it is the center-left that runs the Democratic Party. Democrats will be looking for a ticket that can win in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
The one lingering lesson from 2016 is winning the White House is more important that intra-party policy differences on how objectives are achieved. Democratic voters aren’t in the mood for a left-wing ideologue. They want someone who will beat Trump, and get the country back on track by winning the White House.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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