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WMC poll: Trump leads Sanders, Biden

President Donald Trump leads former Vice President Joe Biden by four points and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by five points in the 2020 presidential race in Wisconsin, according to a new poll commissioned by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

In hypothetical matchups, Trump leads Biden 42 percent to 38 percent and he leads Sanders 42 percent to 37 percent. The result of the WMC poll stands in contrast to the most recent Marquette Law poll, which had both Biden and Sanders leading Trump in Wisconsin.

The WMC poll sampled 500 registered, likely voters from Jan. 14–16. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent. At the time of the poll, Biden and Sanders were considered the leading Democratic presidential contenders, but Biden is off to a shaky start in the primary season, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. The former was won by former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, while the latter was won by Sanders.

Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential primary is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7.

Wisconsin is considered a battleground state that can swing either way in the fall election. It narrowly went to Trump in 2016, the first time a Republican presidential candidate won Wisconsin and its electoral college votes since Ronald Reagan did it in 1984.

In addition, the WMC poll found that a majority of Wisconsinites — 53 percent — say that their property taxes are too high, with only 2 percent of voters thinking their property taxes are too low. The findings come as state lawmakers are debating what to do with more than $800 million in surplus state tax revenue — including whether to spend it on property tax relief or devote it to various budget priorities.

With Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, a top presidential contender, the poll also showed growing support for capitalism versus socialism. Sixty-four percent of those polled believe that capitalism is the better system, while 16 percent believe socialism is a better system, a seven-point increase in support for capitalism since the previous survey in April 2019.

Related story: Marquette Law poll: Top Democratic contenders lead Trump

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