President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE topped several top-tier Democratic presidential contenders when a theoretical third-party candidate was included in the hypothetical matchup, according a national poll released Monday.
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A USA Today-Suffolk University poll found that Trump maintained a lead over the front-runners: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE. He also led former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE.
While he beat each of them by between 3 and 10 percentage points, the unnamed third-party candidates received between 11 and 15 percent support and it’s not clear where that support would go in the November election.
Trump had the smallest lead against Biden, beating him by 3 percentage points.The president had 44 percent support compared to Biden’s 41 percent, with an unnamed third-party candidate raking in 11 percent of the vote.
Trump had a 5 percentage point lead when pitted against Sanders, receiving 44 percent to Sanders’ 39 percent. The third-party candidate earned 13 percent backing in the theoretical Sanders-Trump matchup.
The president won against Warren 45 percent to 37 percent, against Bloomberg 43 percent to 34 percent, and against Buttigieg 43 percent to 33 percent. In the Warren matchup, the third-party candidate won 12 percent of the vote, while in the other two the unnamed candidate collected 15 percent backing.
The president won among male voters, but the majority or plurality of female voters went against him in these matchups. The Democratic candidates were successful with voters between 18 and 34 years old, while Trump won among voters over the age of 35.
These theoretical wins come as the House prepares to vote to impeach the president Wednesday.
USA Today noted that polls a year out from the election are not always reliable, especially as the Democratic nominee is not finalized.
The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Dec. 10 and Dec. 14. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Updated at 11:15 a.m.