Hillary Clinton would beat Trump and Bernie Sanders would crush every GOP candidate in a potential 2016 general election contest, according to a new poll from ORC/ CNN.
Sanders Fares Better in Head-to-Head Matchups Against Republicans in General Election. According to the poll, general election matchups among American voters show:
Clinton tops Trump in a hypothetical matchup, 52 to 44 percent, in the ORC/ CNN survey released early Tuesday.
Sanders would also beat the outspoken billionaire, pollsters found winning by a 55-to-43-percent margin.
Trump has closed the gap with Sanders while Clinton has gained ground against the real estate mogul, pollsters found.
Trump and Clinton were tied with 48 percent apiece during a similar sampling last September, CNN/ORC reported.
Sanders, meanwhile, has slipped from his best showing last July, when he would have won by a 59-to-38-percent margin.
Clinton is the underdog against Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in other theoretical pairings in the new poll.
Rubio tops Clinton, 50 to 47 percent, while Cruz edges past her, 49 to 48 percent.
Sanders fares more favorably against the pair of Republican White House hopefuls, however.
He takes 53 percent to Rubio’s 45 percent, and he bests Cruz in a hypothetical matchup, 57 to 40 percent.
Sanders thumps Trump 55 – 43 percent;
- Sanders tops Cruz 57 – 40 percent;
- Sanders trails Rubio 53 – 45 percent.
- Clinton tops Trump 52 – 44 percent;
- Clinton vs Cruz 48 – 49 percent;
- Clinton vs Rubio 50 – 47 percent;
According to the poll, Trump still leads among Republicans. Trump was favored by 49 percent of Republicans surveyed while 15 percent favored Cruz and 16 percent favored Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Dr. Ben Carson, whose campaign has struggled in recent weeks, was supported by 10 percent of Republicans and 6 percent favored Kasich.
ORC/ CNN polled 920 registered voters from Feb. 24-27. Their survey has a 3-percent margin of error.