But they’re not sure if that someone else should be New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who remains an unknown for many voters.
In the NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist College poll, 57 percent of registered voters said they would definitely vote against Trump in the next election, while just 30 percent said they would definitely support him.
But when selecting a Trump opponent, 49 percent of Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning independents said they hadn’t heard of Booker, who is mulling a race for the presidency. Of those who know him, 40 percent gave him a favorable rating, with 10 percent viewing him unfavorably.
Booker’s favorability was the fourth highest among 10 potential Democratic candidates, leading such potential rivals as U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who also are unknown by most of the electorate.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is viewed most favorably at 76 percent, with a 12 percent unfavorable rating. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is next with a 28 favorable rating, but his 28 percent unfavorable rating is the highest in the field, just barely ahead of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former Republican, at 27 percent. Bloomberg’s favorable rating was also 27 percent.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was third with 53 percent favorable and 17 unfavorable ratings.
Trump’s numbers were pulled down by the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week. Majorities blame the president for the shutdown and disagree with his refusal to sign legislation funding federal agencies without $5.7 billion in taxpayer funding for a southern border wall he promised Mexico would pay for.
His job approval rating was 40 percent with 54 percent disapproving.
“In the middle of the government shutdown, Americans think the buck stops with the president, and his approval rating is taking a hit,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
The poll of 873 registered voters was conducted Jan. 10-13 and had a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points. The subset of 417 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents had a margin of error of 6 percentage points,