As impeachment continues to dominate news headlines, a new poll shows President Donald Trump leading the top Democrats who will challenge him in 2020.
The House of Representatives is in the midst of delivering a vote on impeachment, while the Senate plans an impeachment trial.
The USA Today/Suffolk University poll showed Trump handily defeating Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, by a 8 percentage points.
Sen. Bernie Sanders would lose to Trump by 5 points in head-to-head race, according to the poll.
Meanwhile, Trump would defeat former Vice President Joe Biden, considered by many to be the Democratic front-runner, by 3 percentage points in the hypothetical contest.
Neither South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, nor former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would fare any better against the president, according to the USA Today/Suffolk University poll.
Trump would beat out Buttigieg by 10 points and Bloomberg by 9.
Respondents ranked impeachment 11th out of 12 top issues.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters was taken on Dec. 10-14.
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reacted to the results on Monday.
President @realDonaldTrump currently leads all Democrats according to newly released @USATODAY poll. Impeachment backfiring horribly on Democrats and likely to go down as one of the dumbest political moves of all time. https://t.co/fx1ITlyt9W
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) December 17, 2019
“Impeachment backfiring horribly on Democrats and likely to go down as one of the dumbest political moves of all time,” Sanders tweeted.
A Democratic-controlled House committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction against Trump on Friday, making it almost certain he will become the third U.S. president in history to be impeached.
The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve an article of impeachment charging Trump with abusing the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate a possible rival in the 2020 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden.
The panel also backed a second article charging Trump with obstructing Congress’ investigation of the scandal.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)
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