A Fox News poll released Sunday suggests that a repeat of the 2016 election between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would land Clinton in the White House after the next inaugural.
Pollsters speaking to 1,040 registered voters between Oct. 27 and 29 asked how Trump fared against the current crop of Democratic contenders. The results found Trump trailing all of them, with the president 12 points behind former Vice President Joe Biden in a head-to-head matchup, eight points behind Bernie Sanders and five points behind Elizabeth Warren.
In a purely hypothetical (Clinton isn’t even running) race between Trump and Clinton, Clinton would win 43 percent to 41 percent. The difference is within the poll’s margin of error.
The last time Fox News pollsters put Trump up against Clinton in a poll, in the days before the 2016 election, the results had Clinton ahead of Trump by four points.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the polls conducted by Fox News in the past, alleging that the network’s pollsters “suck.”
Asked about the poll results by reporters at the White House Sunday, Trump said, “You’re reading the wrong polls. I have the real polls. I have the real polls. The CNN polls are fake. The Fox polls have always been lousy. I tell them they ought to get themselves a real pollster. But the real polls — if you look at the polls that came out this morning — people don’t want anything to do with impeachment. It’s a phony scam. It’s a hoax.”
Looks like Trump saw the new Fox News poll that shows his approval rating dropping and half the country wants him impeached and removed:— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 3, 2019
"The Fox polls have always been lousy. I tell them they ought to get themselves a new pollster." pic.twitter.com/SrBWi7wSdZ
Among the polls other findings:
- Just under half of the respondents, or 49%, want to see Trump impeached and removed from office. Among Republicans, however, fewer support impeachment now (eight percent) than did in a poll in early October.
- Biden leads the race for the Democratic nomination with 31 percent of Democratic primary voters, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 21 percent, Bernie Sanders at 19 percent, and Pete Buttigieg at 7 percent.
- Only 69 percent of Democratic primary voters are satisfied with the current field of candidates, compared to 78 percent of Republican voters who say they are satisfied with Trump as the candidate.
- Half of the Democratic primary voters would jump at the chance to vote for former first lady Michelle Obama were she to join the race. Less (27 percent) would do the same for Hillary Clinton, and even fewer (six percent) would do so for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.