What You Need To Know: Joe Biden

New Ohio poll: Biden is strongest Democrat for 2020

A new poll released from Ohio Northern University shows that Ohio voters think former Vice President Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat in a one-on-one contest with President Donald Trump in 2020.

When asked “which Democrat do you think has the best chance to beat Donald Trump,” Biden received 52 percent of the vote. Forty-eight percent of Republicans in the poll also said he was the strongest candidate.

The next strongest candidate was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 25 percent. All of the other Democratic candidates were at or below 10 percent.

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The poll also shows Ohio could be a toss-up state in 2020. President Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 9 points in Ohio in 2016. 

But the new Northern Poll shows that President Trump’s support in the state has slipped. 

The recent Northern Poll shows that 50 percent of Ohioans are dissatisfied with how President Trump is handling his job as president, compared to 35 percent being satisfied and 15 percent who are neutral.

Seventy-one percent of Republicans polled are satisfied with Trump’s performance, but only 5 percent of Democrats and 23 percent of independent voters feel favorably toward him, according to the poll.

In terms of issues, the three most important concerns to voters are health care, immigration and the economy.

“While many are putting the state in Trump’s win column for 2020, it seems that is premature. His approval/disapproval ratings are especially stunning, given the state’s relatively healthy economy, which is usually a president’s best ally in terms of popularity. Unless perceptions of Trump improve dramatically, Ohio will once again be a purple state in 2020,” said Robert Alexander, professor of political science who oversaw the poll.

The poll of more than 1,500 adults was conducted from April 5-10 and had a margin of error of 2.7 percent.


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