President Trump is fired up to travel America stumping for Republican candidates before the 2018 midterms, but a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday suggests he may not be the campaign booster he imagines himself to be. His approval rating is 42 percent, down 1 percentage point from last week, and 55 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance, up from 52 percent last week. Also, the poll shows him losing to three Democrats and failing to rise above 30 percent in his matchup with seven other lesser-known potential candidates.
Trump loses the worst to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the hypothetical matchups — Sanders leads Trump 44 percent to 32 percent — followed closely by former Vice President Joe Biden, 43 percent to 31 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) edges out Trump 34 percent to 30 percent, and Trump narrowly beats Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), plus New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). He has a larger single-digit lead over former Attorney General Eric Holder and Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti.
The poll — again, more than 800 days before the 2020 election — was conducted Aug. 16-18 among 1,974 registered voters, and it has a margin of error of ±2 percentage points. Peter Weber