Former Vice President Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump by 11 points in a hypothetical 2020 matchup.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll found 46 percent preferred Biden, while 35 percent chose Trump. The poll was among 1,993 registered voters and they were surveyed Nov. 9-11.
Slightly more of those polled favored a generic "Democratic candidate" over Trump and Biden.
"Former Vice President Joe Biden has the upper hand in a hypothetical matchup against President Donald Trump, but he underperforms compared with a generic Democrat,” said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s co-founder and chief research officer, reports Politico. "Notably, 86% of Democrats say they would vote for a generic Democrat over Trump, but only 78% of Democrats say they prefer Biden over Trump."
Some say Trump should be worried. Historically, incumbents have the advantage at this stage in the presidency, the Daily Mail reports.
Former President Barack Obama won or was tied in a theoretical 2012 race for almost every year of his first term, even besting future Republican rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But in January 2010 Obama was down in the poll by 1 point to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Biden has yet to confirm whether he will run in the 2020 presidential election.
“I honest to God haven’t made up my mind about that,” Biden recently told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer, reports The Hill.
"I’m not closing the door," he added. "I’ve been around too long."
One Biden-friendly donor says the former vice president is simply waiting to see if he is needed.
“If someone emerges that the former VP believes can beat [Trump], I think he is at peace with that,” said one Biden-friendly donor. "On the other hand, if that person doesn’t exist or doesn’t run, you can expect Joe Biden to take a very serious look.”
The poll sparked fierce debate on social media.
Some were unsurprised by the results.
"Trump presidency is an anomaly," wrote one person in The Hill's comments section. "He is the [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie of presidential politics. His initial bombast is refreshing and unconventional. But the wears thin real quick and people come to expect those in positions of power to act professional."
And while many believed Trump would not win the next election, not everyone is certain Biden could triumph.
"Would he do well against Trump?" asked one. "YES he would and he probably would WIN. That's not the issue. Could he get the nomination? NO. He couldn't have got the nomination even in 2016 when they were talking about it then. This is a pipe dream. The democrats are NOT going to nominate this old symbol of the past."