Speed Reads

2020 Campaign

Data shows voters who disapprove of Trump are likely to support any Democratic opponent — even if they don't like them either

The Democratic Party looks like it might get a boost from voters who disapprove of President Trump, even if they don't love the eventual Democratic nominee either, The Economist's G. Elliot Morris writes.

Morris notes that one of the dominant narratives in 2016 was that the election was swung by voters who disliked both Trump and his competitor Hillary Clinton but who wound up begrudgingly siding with Trump when all was said and done. Now, though, it looks like the reverse might happen, regardless of who gets the nod to challenge Trump.

For example, Economist/YouGov polls over the last month have shown that candidates who don't approve of Trump or Democratic frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden would vote for Biden by a 60-point margin, while the numbers for other top contenders like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are similar.

For voters who seem to think the 2020 election is shaping up to be a "lesser of two evils" showdown, it looks like — as of right now, at least — they'd prefer a new face in the White House. Tim O'Donnell