New polling shows Pete Buttigieg would beat Donald Trump in the general election

Manchester, NH - April 5, 2019: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg campaigns in New Hampshire
Manchester, NH - April 5, 2019: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg campaigns in New Hampshire Photo: Shutterstock

A recent Quinnipiac Poll found that the top six Democratic presidential candidates, including out South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, beating Donald Trump in head-to-head matchups.

According to the poll, if Buttigieg faced off against Trump in the general election, he would win 47% of the popular vote, while Trump would win 42%.

Former Vice President Joe Biden had the biggest lead against Trump, winning with 53% of the vote to Trump’s 40%. But Trump would be trounced by many of the other candidates.

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would win 51% to 42%, Senator Kamala Harris (CA) would win 49% to 41%, Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) would win 49% to 42%, and Senator Cory Booker (NJ) matched Buttigieg’s spread of 47% to 42%.

Unsurprisingly, the Democratic candidates did better among women, Black, and Hispanic voters and voters under age 49.

White voters, though, were divided fairly evenly between Biden and Trump (46% for Biden, 47% for Trump), but moved towards Trump when asked about the other candidates.

Sanders lost white people 44% to 50% in the poll, Warren 41% to 51%, Harris 42% to 50%, Buttigieg 42% to 49%, and Booker 40% to 50%.

The white respondents’ gender didn’t affect this; both white men and white women were less likely to vote for non-Biden candidates and for Trump instead.

Over 80% of Black respondents said they would vote for the Democrat in the election, except for Buttigieg, who got 74% of Black voters in the head-to-head matchup, with more Black voters saying they wouldn’t vote or don’t know who they would vote for if he were the candidate than any other candidate.

Hispanic voters were more likely to say they didn’t know who they would vote for when asked about less-known candidates.

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