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Poll: Clinton Handily Beats Trump In General Election

| by Robert Fowler
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The Democratic and Republican races are far from over, but a new poll provides a glimpse into how the general election may unfold in November.

The poll reveals that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would blow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump out of the water.

On March 9, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll dropped, pairing up the remaining presidential candidates in hypothetical general election match-ups.

If the party nominees are Clinton and Trump, then the former secretary of state would win by 13 percentage points. Given the choice between the two, 51 percent of respondents chose Clinton, while only 38 percent would vote for Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would defeat Trump by an even wider margin of 55 to 37 percent.

The two other prominent GOP candidates, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida would fare better against Clinton than Trump, the business mogul.

Clinton would defeat Cruz by two percentage points, with the former secretary of state taking 47 percent and the Texas senator taking 45 percent. Clinton and Rubio would be in a dead heat, tying with 46 percent support.

Despite their more favorable general election chances, Cruz and Rubio trail Trump in the Republican primary.

So how could the business mogul fare so badly in a general election scenario? A Washington Post/ABC News poll released on March 8 provides insight.

While the survey results place Trump firmly in the lead with 34 percent support, further data indicates he is the most divisive candidate of the 2016 presidential cycle.

While 74 percent of Democrats would be satisfied with Clinton, only 51 percent of Republican adults want Trump to be their nominee. Forty-eight percent of GOP-leaning respondents would be unhappy if the business mogul represents them come November.

On March 9, during a phone interview with the TODAY Show, Trump urged Republicans to unite behind his banner.

“We have to recover as a party,” Trump said. “There’s tremendous positive energy in this party.”

Tracking polls this early in the general election are not always accurately predictive. However, the numbers show that if Trump hopes to defeat the Democratic nominee in November, whether that person is Clinton or Sanders, then he needs to have the GOP unite behind him.

These results indicate that, if the election were held today, then it would be a humiliating blowout.

Sources: The Hill, NBC News, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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