Barack Obama is plotting behind the scenes to defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Obama is meeting with Democratic candidates, and some pundits even believe he will encourage Michelle Obama to enter the race.

But Obama was left shaking his head after suffering this massive failure.

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll contained bad news for the Democrats.

Trump’s approval rating rose to 46 percent – which was similar to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton’s at this point in their presidencies.

And the number of Americans who said they would vote to re-elect Donald Trump was actually higher than those who said they would give Bill Clinton a second term in January 1995.

But the poll contained terrible news for Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden – the two top candidates – in the early Democrat primary polls.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that Americans find being over 75 and a socialist the least popular characteristics in a President.

They also had an overwhelmingly negative view of socialism.

NBC News Political Director Mark Murray wrote, “And this might be the most fascinating set of numbers in the poll: The most popular presidential candidate characteristics: being African American, being a white man, being a woman Least popular characteristics: being a Muslim, someone over the age of 75 and a socialist.”

Murray continued, “Speaking of socialism… Just 18% of all Americans in the NBC/WSJ poll view the term positively, versus 50% who see it in a negative light (-32) The numbers for capitalism are almost the exact opposite: 50% positive, 19% negative (+31).”

Bernie Sanders is 77-years-old and a self-described Democratic socialist.

Joe Biden – while not identifying as a socialist – is 76-years-old.

Fred Yang – a Democrat pollster – warned that candidate quality matters.

“Another lesson we painfully learned from 2016 is that elections are a choice between candidates and not a referendum on one candidate,” Yang told NBC.

The poll also found that Americans are optimistic about the state of the economy.

53 percent said America would not be in a recession next year.

Republican pollster Bill McInturff – who works on the polling for NBC and the Wall Street Journal – said, “As long as these economic numbers look like this, that always keeps an incumbent president in the race.”

Presidential re-election campaigns are typically referendum’s on how the voters view the incumbent’s handling of the economy.

If the economy is good, voters will reward the sitting President with a second term.

President Trump appears to be on that trajectory.

Despite the media spending the month of December trying to talk the economy into a recession by spooking consumers fears about a temporary stock market decline, Americans do not believe the economy is headed down the tubes.

That makes President Trump a much stronger bet for re-election than many pundits claim.

Barack Obama and other Democrats think the 2020 race is a slam dunk.

These numbers should make them lose that notion.

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