Politics

Polls: Donald Trump Dominates GOP Field But Loses Against Hillary Clinton

| by Jared Keever
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While polls still show Donald Trump well in front of his fellow GOP presidential contenders, projections further into the future show that he may be the weakest top GOP candidate when matched up against Hillary Clinton in the general election. 

That’s according to analysis of various polls recently published by Breitbart.

Public Policy Polling has Trump with 27 percent support among Republican voters, besting his next closest contender, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, by 10 points.

Breitbart also cites the most recent Ipsos/Reuters poll — another national poll — that has Trump at 33 percent, more than the next two candidates — Carson and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — combined. 

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But things change for Trump in post-primary projections. According to a Quinnipiac poll, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — should she become the Democratic nominee — would beat Trump in key swing states. Current projections show him losing to Clinton in Florida by 5 percent, in Pennsylvania by 2 percent, and in Ohio by 1 percent. 

Comparatively, Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio both beat Clinton by 1 percent in Florida, according to the same poll. 

In Ohio and Pennsylvania, Bush, Rubio, Carson, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina are all currently polling ahead of Clinton, according to the Quinnipiac poll cited by Breitbart.

And according to CNN, it’s not just Clinton that Trump would have trouble with in a general election. Data from Quinnipiac shows that the GOP front runner would lose in all three previously mentioned swing states when matched against Democratic president candidate and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, or Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is rumored to be considering a run, but has not formally announced his candidacy. 

Sources: Breitbart, CNN, Quinnipiac, Public Policy Polling, Ipsos/Reuters poll via Morning Joe/Twitter

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