President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE are in a dead heat in a hypothetical 2020 general election matchup, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey.
The poll, which was released early Sunday, found that 49 percent of registered voters prefer Biden, while 47 percent back Trump. Biden’s 2-point lead, which is well within the survey’s margin of error of 3.5 percentage points, represents a significant shift from February, when he held a 7-point advantage over the president.
Biden holds 50 percent support to Trump’s 44 percent among all U.S. adults, according to the survey.
Biden has emerged as the favorite to win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, after a series of decisive primary victories in states like Texas, Florida and Michigan. Fifty-five percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they favored Biden, while 39 percent said they were backing progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill’s Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.).
A majority of voters in the new poll also they trust the former vice president more than Trump to handle health care issues.
However, 52 percent of voters say they trust Trump more than Biden to handle the economy. Forty two percent say they trust Biden more than Trump to handle economic matters.
Biden and Trump receive roughly equal support when voters are asked whom they trust more to handle the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 100,000 people in the U.S. and accounted for more than 2,000 deaths.
Many Democrats, including Biden, have slammed Trump’s handling of the crisis, arguing that he was too slow to activate a sufficient response and that he hasn’t adequately supported states experiencing equipment shortages.
Despite the economic fallout from the virus’s spread, Trump’s approval rating for his handling of the economy is at 57 percent, the highest it’s ever been during his time in the White House. Thirty-eight percent said they disapproved of his handling of the economy.
In addition, Trump is enjoying high enthusiasm among his supporters when compared to Biden’s support. Fifty-five percent of the president’s supporters say they are very enthusiastic to endorse him, while 28 percent say the same for Biden.
The Post-ABC News survey was conducted between March 22 and March 25 among a population of 1,003 adults and 845 registered voters.