72% of Democratic Voters Believe Bernie Sanders Would Beat Trump in 2020 Election, New Poll Shows

Nearly three-quarters of Democratic voters believe Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont would defeat incumbent President Donald Trump if Sanders were selected to be the party's presidential nominee, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday.

Pollsters asked respondents who were Democrats or leaned Democratic which candidate they thought would win against Trump if that candidate were to represent the party in November. Seventy-two percent said that they thought Sanders would defeat Trump in a one-on-one match-up, while 24 percent thought Trump would win and 4 percent had no opinion.

Of all the Democratic candidates, Sanders was the one who respondents said they believed had the best chance of defeating the incumbent. Billionaire businessman and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg performed second-best in this question—69 percent of respondents said they thought he could beat Trump in the general, while 28 percent said they thought the victory would go to Trump and 3 percent said they did not have an opinion.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at University of Nevada on February 18, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sen. Sanders continues to campaign ahead of the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus on February 22. Alex Wong/Getty

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who performed first in most national polls prior to the February 3 Iowa caucuses, was third. Sixty-eight percent of respondents to this question said they expected him to win against Trump if he were selected to represent the party, while 28 percent thought Trump would win and 4 percent had no opinion.

The results also said that 58 percent of respondents believed Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren would win against Trump in a hypothetical match-up. But 39 percent said they thought Trump would be the victor, and 3 percent had no opinion.

Fifty-five percent of respondents thought that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who narrowly defeated Sanders in the Iowa caucus but lost to him in the New Hampshire primary, would defeat Trump if he were the nominee. Forty percent said they believed Trump would best Buttigieg in this scenario, while 5 percent had no opinion.

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was the candidate respondents appeared to think had the lowest chance of winning the election, should she receive the party's nomination. According to the results, 49 percent think she would win if she faced off against Trump, while 47 percent believed Trump would win in this scenario and 4 percent were undecided.

The results were released three days before the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, February 22. The poll was conducted via telephone among a random sampling of 1,066 U.S. adults from February 14 to February 17. Sixty-five percent of the respondents were reached on cellphones, while the remaining 35 percent were contacted through landlines. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.