Jan 29, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump faces "significantly higher" opposition than Obama in 2011

President Trump and Obama in White House after Trump wins election

President Trump and former President Obama after Trump wins election. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Voter opposition to a second term for President Trump is significantly higher than the opposition former president Barack Obama encountered in 2011, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll on the 2020 presidential election outlook.

By the numbers: 56% of Americans say they definitely wouldn’t vote to re-elect Trump, double the number who say they’d definitely vote for him. In 2011, 46% said they wouldn't vote for Obama.

  • President Trump’s support from the GOP is more solid, with 70% of Republicans saying they’ll definitely vote for him, compared with 58% of Democrats for Obama in 2011.
  • 59% of swing-voting independents say they wouldn't consider Trump for a second term. 47% ruled out Obama.

What to watch: As more Democrats enter the race, "a potentially crowded Democratic field shows no sign of a clear front-runner across the aisle," the poll notes.

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