Both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would defeat Donald Trump in a general election matchup, according to a newly released Quinnipiac poll.
Released on Dec. 22, a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University shows former Secretary of State Clinton prevailing over Trump with 47 to 40 percent of the national vote. Interestingly, Sanders is would also defeat the business mogul but by an even larger margin with 51 to 38 percent of the electorate.
Clinton is still leading her primary with 61 percent compared to Sanders’ 30 percent share of the Democratic vote. Martin O’Malley bares registers with just two percent support. While the current data shows that Sanders will have a difficult challenge toppling Clinton during the primary, he would trounce Trump if the 2016 election were held today — likely because he offers such a stark contrast to the GOP frontrunner.
Trump continues to maintain his lead in the Republican primary with 28 percent of the GOP vote while his former rival, retired neurosurgeon, has plummeted to 10 percent. However, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas comes in second with 24 percent. Considering that Quinnipiac’s poll has a plus or minus 4.4 percent margin of error, Cruz could be neck-and-neck with Trump already in the GOP race.
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Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida comes in at a distant third with 12 percent. The remaining GOP candidates are all polling at below six percent.
Roughly six in 10 of Republican respondents said that they are open to changing their candidate as the primary unfolds, meaning that the GOP is likely to drastically shift over the next coming months.
50 percent of all respondents said they would be embarrassed to see Trump become the next President of the U.S. whereas only 35 percent said the same about Clinton.
Some GOP candidates would fare better against Clinton and Sanders in a general election matchup. Rubio would trail her by only one point with 44 to 43 percent while Cruz and here are in a dead heat with 44 to 44 percent each. Rubio would defeat Sanders by three points while Cruz would squeak past the Vermont senator with one point.
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When it comes to trustworthiness, neither Clinton or Trump are doing terrific with voters. 59 percent of respondents say that Clinton is untrustworthy while 58 percent say the same about Trump. Both front-runners get a 58 percent rating of strong leadership skills.
To compare Quinnipiac’s findings to other recent polls, a Dec. 18 survey conducted by FOX News shows Clinton defeating Trump in a general election by 49 to 38 percent. Meanwhile, a newly released Public Policy Poll has Clinton also prevailing over Trump with 46 to 43 percent.