National Poll: Clinton Beats Trump In General Election


A March 23 national poll found that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would beat her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, in a general election.

The Bloomberg Politics poll showed Clinton leading Trump 54 percent to 36 percent in a potential general election matchup. Just 29 percent of voters said they viewed Trump favorably, while 68 percent viewed him negatively.

Trump's negative rating went up 13 points since November and is at an all-time high, The Hill reported.

Clinton is also viewed unfavorably, the poll showed. Of those polled 44 percent said they had a positive view of the former secretary of state, while 53 percent said they viewed her negatively.

Clinton would also beat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in a general election, the poll showed, with the former first lady taking 51 percent of the vote against Cruz's 42 percent.

The only candidate who would hypothetically beat Clinton in a matchup was Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who scored 47 percent against 43 percent for Clinton.

In the current GOP field, Trump has 739 delegates, with Cruz following at 465 and Kasich at 143. A Republican candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win the nomination for president.

Former Trump adviser Roger Stone recently warned that a general election matchup between Clinton and the billionaire businessman would be a "slugfest." Stone also addressed Trump's appeal in an interview with NPR.

"I think that’s the fundamental cornerstone of his appeal," Stone said of Trump's controversial rhetoric on issues such as torture and immigration. "You can tell that he is not speaking from a script, not speaking from some polling that tells him what to say to be popular or some focus group or reading some speech written by a 25-year-old speechwriter."

Stone addressed Trump's plan to deport undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the border with Mexico to keep out anyone who isn't a legal citizen -- an issue on which he and Clinton have strongly disagreed.

"I think he's made it clear he would start with those who have known criminal records based on the databases then he would go to those who are -- have overstayed their visa," he said.

Sources: Bloomberg Politics, The Hill, NPR / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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