Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump campaign ditches pollsters after Biden-leading surveys leak

Trump campaign ditches pollsters after Biden-leading surveys leak

A nationwide Fox News poll released Sunday shows President Donald Trump trailing Senator Bernie Sanders, 49 percent to 40 percent among all registered voters nationwide.

A separate survey of key battleground states, by CBS, shows Democrats strongly favour Biden as the candidate most likely to beat Trump in next year's elections. The data, later reported by ABC and NBC, show Trump trailing Biden by double digits in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and MI, where Trump narrowly edged out Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The campaign also tested other Democratic presidential candidates against Trump, however, Biden polled the best of the group, according to the source.

The campaign's move, which saw the purge of three of its five pollsters, was aimed at limiting the number of outsiders who could leak unfavorable poll numbers, according to the New York Times.

"Forty-two percent?" Trump asked, before pointing out that the Rasmussen poll had "just came out today".

Although early polling for the 2016 presidential contest proved futile, another early 2020 election poll has bad news for President Donald Trump.

Both CNN and ABC News reported Sunday that the Trump campaign planned to part ways with some of its pollsters in the wake of the leak, which showed the Trump campaign falling behind former Vice President Joe Biden by the double digits in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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Politico reports that the Trump 2020 campaign has shifted gears significantly, and is now looking at Warren as a top target in the coming months of the campaign. Another is Adam Geller, who was also a pollster for the Trump campaign in 2016.

Those voters told pollsters that their support was based above all on a sense that Biden was the candidate best positioned to defeat Trump in 2020.

Among voters who want a more progressive direction, Biden is in much tighter competition with Warren and Sanders.

The president does not officially launch his re-election campaign until Tuesday, when he plans an elaborate, rally-style event in a huge arena in Orlando, Florida.

The "CBS Battleground Tracker" survey looked at the 18 states that will shape the initial 2020 fight among Democrats, from the Iowa caucuses on February 3 to the Super Tuesday contests on March 3.

While some aides have advised the President to refrain from attacking Biden by name, suggesting he "sit back and enjoy the show", others say Trump enjoys having a foil, no matter how far away the general election is.

The first debates will take place over two nights, June 26 and 27, in Miami, Florida.

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