A new survey released Thursday by Fox brings some bad news for the right-wing cable network’s favorite viewer, Donald Trump.
According to the poll, former vice president Joe Biden is crushing Trump nationally – 49 percent to 38 percent – in a head-to-head matchup.
Among the five Democratic candidates who were included in the survey, the former vice president fared best against Trump. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a five-point lead.
Here’s how the rest of the Democratic hopefuls perform against Trump, according to the Fox News poll:
In the Democratic primary race, the Fox News poll showed Biden leading Sanders 35 to 17 percent. In March, he only led the Vermont senator by eight points.
Here’s how the other top tier Democratic candidates performed via Fox News:
Biden has expanded his lead over Trump since jumping into the race
Before Biden entered the race, there was some speculation that he only polled well against Trump for two reasons: 1. He wasn’t yet a candidate; and 2. He doesn’t currently hold any public office.
In other words, the conventional wisdom surrounding Biden was that once he officially entered the race, his poll numbers would fall back down to earth and it would be a close race again.
There is a long way to go before November 2020 and it is likely to be a close race – but Biden’s numbers have been consistently strong and stable against Trump. In fact, the poll released Thursday shows they’ve only gotten better since the former VP announced he was running.
In the same survey conducted by Fox News in March – before Biden entered the race – he was only leading Trump by seven points, 47 percent to 40 percent. Now, two months later, the former vice president’s lead is growing and Trump’s numbers are sinking into the 30s.
Combine Biden’s momentum with the fact that voters are already highly engaged in the 2020 campaign and a majority – 54 percent – are committed to voting for somebody else, and Donald Trump’s reelection campaign appears to be in trouble before it even truly begins.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.