New poll shows 6 Democrats either leading or in statistical tie with Donald Trump in Florida

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Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump, 50 percent to 41 percent, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday.

The poll shows that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren also lead Trump in Florida, albeit by smaller margins. Among those polled, Sanders leads Trump 48 percent to 42 percent, while Warren leads the president, 47 percent to 43 percent.

The Quinnipiac survey of 1,279 Florida voters was conducted between June 12-17, and has a margin of error of 3.3 percent.

Three other Democrats running for president are shown to be in a statistical tie with the president if the election were held today. The general election is more than 16 months away.

California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris gets 45 percent to Trump’s 44 percent; Former Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke also gets 45 percent to Trump’s 44 percent. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads Trump 44 percent to 43 percent.

The poll’s release comes on the same day that Trump is in Orlando, where he will officially announce that he is running for reelection next year.

Among Democrats, Biden has a big lead over his opponents for the March 17, 2020 primary election in Florida. The former VP leads with 41 percent support. Sanders is a distant second with 14 percent, Warren is at 12 percent, Buttigieg is at 8 percent, and Harris has six percent. No other contender tops one percent, with 16 candidates polling at less than one percent.

The survey of 417 registered Democrats has a margin of error of 5.8 points.

“Vice President Biden is the big winner in this poll. He leads the Democratic pack by a considerable margin and he runs best of the Democratic candidates when matched up with President Trump,” says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Florida voters give Trump a negative 44 percent – 51 percent job approval rating, which is actually his best rating in a Quinnipiac poll in Florida since he was elected. It’s up from a negative 41 percent – 53 percent poll taken in March.

On the volatile issue of impeachment, the majority of Floridians polled oppose such a move, but the majority of Democrats polled support it.

A total of 62 percent polled oppose starting impeaching proceedings. However, an even larger majority of Democrats polled, 64 percent, say they support it. Only 28 percent of Florida Democrats polled oppose moving for impeachment.

Impeachment proceedings would begin in the Democratic controlled House of Representatives. Orlando U.S. Rep. Val Demings is the only Florida Democrat to go on record supporting impeachment at this time.

“Florida Republicans have won the last five statewide elections, all by very close margins, but Sunshine State Democrats see these early numbers as a sign that their losing streak might be coming to an end,” Brown adds.


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