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A new poll finds Rep. John Delaney tied with President Donald Trump in support for the 2020 election.

The poll found that in a head-to-head matchup between Delaney and Trump, 38 percent of voters would support the president while 38 percent would support Delaney.

The left-leaning Public Policy Polling in North Carolina released the results of its poll on Wednesday. Delaney announced last month he plans to run for president in 2020 and would not seek re-election to his District 6 House seat in Maryland. Delaney, a Potomac resident who is in the middle of his third House term, is the only Democrat who has committed to running for president so far.

The polling firm surveyed 887 registered voters from Aug. 18 to 21, mostly by phone. Twenty percent of the respondents didn’t have a landline phone and took the survey over the internet through an opt-in panel.

The margin of error in the poll is 3.3 percent.

While the results may sound good for Delaney, who lacks the national profile of other Democrats, the firm found several other possible candidates polling well ahead of him against Trump.


For example, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders received 51 percent support compared to Trump’s 38, while former vice president Joe Biden had 51 percent to Trump’s 39. Even Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is not in politics, outpolled Trump 42 percent to 38 percent.

Other matchups:

  • Cory Booker 42 percent, Trump 39 percent
  • Richard Blumenthal 42 percent, Trump 39 percent
  • Kamala Harris 39 percent, Trump 39 percent
  • Elizabeth Warren 45 percent, Trump 40 percent

About 49 percent of the survey respondents said they would vote for a Democratic candidate if there were an election today, while 35 percent said they’d vote for a Republican and 15 percent were not sure.


Other findings in the poll (by percent):

  • Trump’s performance: approve 40, disapprove 53
  • Preference as president: Barack Obama 52, Trump 39
  • Building a wall if paid by American taxes: support 34, oppose 55
  • Impeach Trump: support 48, oppose 41
  • Opinion of Vladimir Putin: favorable 11, unfavorable 69
  • Trust more: CNN 50, Trump 35
  • Who is more corrupt: Richard Nixon 34, Trump 39
  • Opinion of Statue of Liberty: favorable 86, unfavorable 3
  • Monuments honoring the Confederacy: support 39, oppose 34
  • Opinion of neo-Nazis: favorable 3, unfavorable 89
  • Punching a Nazi: acceptable 18, unacceptable 57
  • Prefer as president: Obama 56, Jefferson Davis 21