Women, especially white women, are choosing a Democratic presidential candidate over Republican President Donald Trump, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University.
The poll released Wednesday shows Trump stuck between 38% and 40% of the vote.
“These low numbers may partly be explained by a lack of support among white women, a key voting bloc that voted for Trump in the 2016 election,” according to a press release accompanying the poll. “Today, white women go for the Democratic candidate by double digits in every scenario. Though it is a long 14 months until Election Day, Trump’s vulnerability among this important voting group does not bode well for him.”
Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow said 40% is “the ceiling of support for Trump, no matter the candidate. It hovers close to his job approval rating, which has stayed in a tight range since being elected.”
The poll found former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Trump 54-38%; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders topped Trump 53-39%; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ahead of Trump 52-40%; California Sen. Kamala Harris beating Trump 51-40%; and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg leading with 49% to Trump’s 40%.
The poll also found that for the first time since Trump was elected, more voters say that the national economy is getting worse than getting better, with 37% saying it is getting worse, 31% saying it is getting better, and 30% saying it is staying the same.
Voters also say that Trump’s policies are hurting the nation’s economy at 41%, while 37% say that they are helping, and 20% say that his policies make no difference.
“As trade tensions with China dominate the headlines, confidence in the economy is slipping,” Snow added. “The number of people who think the economy is getting worse rose by double digits since June. And roughly 4 in 10 voters blame the President’s policies, saying they are hurting the economy, the highest level since Trump took office.”
The poll conducted between August 21-26 surveyed 1,422 self-identified registered voters nationwide and has a 3.1% margin of error.