- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

President Trump would easily defeat Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a hypothetical 2020 presidential race, a new poll finds.

Forty-two percent of respondents say they would vote for the incumbent in that head-to-head matchup, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released on Wednesday, while the Massachusetts Democrat receives 36 percent support.

Mr. Trump would defeat Ms. Warren by a 6 point margin despite the fact that a plurality of voters expressed an interest in voting for a Democrat in the next general election.

When asked whether they would likely vote for Mr. Trump or the next Democratic presidential candidate, the unnamed liberal won 43 to 35 percent.

Ms. Warren is hindered by a lack of name recognition and enthusiasm, the poll indicates. While 37 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of the senator and 30 percent an unfavorable one, 18 percent of respondents say they have heard of her but are indifferent to her politics. Sixteen percent say they have never heard of her.

A plurality of respondents, 49 percent, either strongly or somewhat approve of Mr. Trump’s early performance in office, the poll found. Forty-five percent either somewhat or strongly disapprove.

Yet a strong majority still says the country is headed in the wrong direction. Sixty percent believe the country has “pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” while just 40 percent say it is moving in the right direction.

The poll surveyed 1,791 registered voters from Feb. 9 to 10. It has a margin of error of 2 percent.

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