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Could Warren defeat Trump in 2020?

Polls show the president could lose to a Democrat, but not the Massachusetts senator.

Just more than one third of registered voters would choose Elizabeth Warren, left,Reuters

It is less than a month into President Donald Trump's first term, and Democrats are already losing the race against him in 2020.

According to the latest Politico/Morning Consult poll, Democrats don't stand a chance against the incumbent in three years if Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads their party. In the hypothetical matchup, Trump beats Warren 42 percent to 36 percent, despite the public's frequent criticism of the president and his cabinet — a charge often led by the senator.

Matched up against a nameless Democrat, however, Trump would lose, with 43 percent of registered voters saying they would opt for the Democraticcandidate. In that scenario, Trump would get just over one-third of the vote.

Results of the poll — conducted on Feb. 9 and 10 — came just days after Republican senators issued a gag order on Warren, banning her from participating in a debate regarding then-Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for attorney general after she read a 1986 letter about Sessions from Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Warren received a tide of support from fellow Democrats after last week's show on Capitol Hill, including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Poll respondents were split on their opinions of President Trump's first several weeks in office:45 percent of registered voters saying they somewhat or strongly disapprove, while just shy of one half say they somewhat or strongly approve.

The president's approval is highest among Republican men: 91 percent somewhat or strongly approve.

The last week has also been a difficult time in Trump's presidency.

Mike Flynn, national security adviser, was forced outfrom his post Monday by the commander in chief after news reports surfaced that he had discussed lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia with a Russian ambassador before Trump took office. Flynn also misledVice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

Also Monday, Trump came under fire from security experts after photos from his weekend at Mar-a-Lagowith Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe depicted the world leaders discussing foreign policy in the resort's dining area, where patrons of the resort could take pictures and hear their conversations.

 
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