WASHINGTON – With Democratic candidates competing for the chance to defeat President Donald Trump, the incumbent they wish to oust is personally less popular than any of their recent predecessors, and half of voters say they are with the Idea of very uncomfortable feeling his re-election.
But the electorate also voices doubts that candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren advocate a progressive policy, and the more moderate leader of the party – Joe Biden – also has to deal with questions about its suitability for the job.
These are the main findings of the recent NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll in September, which indicates that 46 percent of Americans pay Trump credit for an improving economy, the highest proportion of his presidency.
"The Democrats want a referendum on Trump. The GOP wants a comparative choice. And that's the catch, "said Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted this poll with Republican pollster Bill McInturff and his company Public Opinion Strategies.
Trump's approval is stable, but a record percentage does not like him personally.
The survey revealed Trump's approval rating among registered voters at 45 percent, virtually unchanged from the previous month, and in line with the fact that former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton stood by public approval at this point in their presidency even among those who endorse the plans he has pursued in office.
69 percent of registered voters say they do not like Trump personally, regardless of their feelings about his political agenda. A record of 50 percent says they dislike him personally and disapprove of his policies, while another 19 percent say they dislike him but endorse his guidelines.
Only 29 percent say they like Trump personally, and 25 percent say they also approve of his bland political agenda and 4 percent say they refuse.
In this regard, he is distinguished from his five youngest predecessors by the great personal dislike of Trump. The majority of voters said they liked Obama, Clinton, George W. Bush, and George H. W. personally. Bush and Ronald Reagan, even if they could not agree with their political agenda.
Prior to Trump's presidency, most voters said they personally opposed the president, regardless of their views on his policies, 42 percent for George W. Bush in March 2006 after hurricane Katrina.
Voters also feel more uncomfortable about Trump's re-election than his main Democratic rivals.
Half of voters – 49 percent – say that this is very unpleasant with their 2020 candidacy. This compares to 41 percent saying the same for Sanders and 33 percent saying the same for Biden or Warren.
But Trump continues to benefit from the positive polarization of the electorate, which has more enthusiasm than its Democratic rivals. A quarter of voters (26 percent) claim to be enthusiastic about it, while fewer are enthusiastic about Warren (17 percent), Sanders (13 percent) and Biden (12 percent).
Some Progressive Proposals Split Democrats and Voters Overall
Voters support many of the political goals that will be discussed by 2020 as a whole. However, there are notable exceptions to "Medicare-for-All," government health care for undocumented immigrants, and a complete student loan forgiveness.
Among primary democratic voters, 64 percent say they support state health care for undocumented immigrants, while only 36 percent of registered voters agree.
A similar proportion of democratic voters – 63 percent – are in favor of a single payer's "Medicare-for-All" style plan, which is also backed by Warren and Sanders and would replace the existing private insurance system. Only 41 percent of voters support this idea.
Six-in-10 Democrats are also in favor of the immediate issuance and cancellation of all student debt, a position that only 41 percent of voters share. Sanders has unveiled a plan to eliminate all $ 1.6 trillion in student debt, while Warren has suggested deleting up to $ 50,000 in student debt per person based on household income.
More Moderate Democratic Positions on Health Care and Students However, lending is supported by a vast majority of Democratic voters and general constituents.
Two-thirds of all voters – 67 percent – and 78 percent of Democrats support an optional program that would allow under-65s to buy Medicare as they currently do in private insurance.
A similar proportion of voters – 64 percent – support a debt relief plan for those who have paid 12.5% of their income per year for 15 years.  And 58 percent of all voters support a tuition fee at state colleges and universities.
While some of the Democrats' most progressive proposals are not widely endorsed, the survey also found that two of Trump's signature plans are similarly unpopular in public.
Only 43 percent of voters support the construction of a border wall between the US and Mexico. And the same applies to the abolition of the Affordable Care Act.
Voters express concerns about Trump's and Biden's suitability for the presidency.
Biden may be the current flag bearer of the Democratic Party for a more moderate – and more popular – policy According to a significant proportion of Americans who participated in the survey, they are losing faith in their ability to lead the country.
A third of voters overall – 36 percent – said they had lost confidence in Biden in recent weeks, which included a debate performance that was described by its critics as shaky. Only eight percent say that they have more confidence in him.
The same proportion – 36 percent – indicates that they have less confidence in Trump's leadership in recent weeks, and 17 percent say they have more confidence in him.  Those who have lost confidence in the former vice president have called his debating performance, his age, and what they say, an excess of Obama's legacy to work for the job.
"Overall, I like Joe Biden A lot, but I think his performance in the debate made me feel a bit above his best position," said a male Democratic respondent from New York.
A White Democrat from Illinois put it bluntly to the point.
"He's basically an old white man I do not believe will help our country move forward," she said. "Because our country is no longer just a bunch of white people."
The NBC / WSJ survey was conducted September 13-16. The error rate for all adults is +/- 3.27 percentage points.