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Poll: Trump Would Lose 2020 Election To The Rock

| by Jordan Smith

The latest Public Policy Polling survey makes for grim reading for President Donald Trump, especially if he is already looking ahead to his prospects in November 2020.

The poll, carried out among 692 registered voters from May 12 to 14, shows that he would be defeated by a number of potential Democratic candidates, including wrestler turned actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Public Policy Polling reported.

Johnson leads Trump by 42 percent to 37 percent in a hypothetical presidential contest. However, this result has to be treated with caution given that when asked their opinion of Johnson as a potential candidate, 50 percent of respondents said they had no opinion. In the remaining half, 36 percent of respondents said they had a favorable opinion of him, while 13 percent had a negative one.

Dwayne Johnson told a GQ interview earlier in May that he was seriously considering a 2020 presidential run.

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"I think that it's a real possibility," he said. "A year ago, it started coming up more and more. There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, 'Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.' I didn't want to be flippant -- 'We'll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!'"

Trump would also lose against other Democratic opponents. A race with Bernie Sanders would see the Vermont senator with a 52 percent to 39 percent lead, while ex-Vice President Joe Biden leads Trump by 54 percent to 40 percent.

Other candidates who would defeat the incumbent of the White House, according to Public Policy Polling, are Elizabeth Warren (49/39), Al Franken (46/38) and Cory Booker (46/39).

Reports have stated that Trump's team is already targeting Warren as a potential adversary in 2020. This has included officials issuing immediate responses to her criticisms of the White House.

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"As someone who is probably, in the hearts and minds of liberal activists, a leader of the party, that voice carries some weight, and we have to respond," one White House official told the Hill.

"I wish they would just settle down and do their jobs and stop doing this nonsense," Warren said when asked about the report. She did not comment on making a possible run for the presidency.

There are more than three years to go before the next election, but doubts already exist as to whether Trump will last that long. According to the Public Policy Polling survey, more voters believe that Trump will not serve out his full term (45 percent) than believe he will (43 percent).

Sources: Public Policy Polling, The Hill, GQ / Photo credit: Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia Commons

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