Poll: Trump Is Party Pick, But Loses in General Election

Poll: Trump Is Party Pick, But Loses in General Election
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Donald Trump: the guy you love to love or love to hate.

Trump may have surged ahead of the 2016 Republican candidates, but if he ever became the GOP nominee, the nation would vote Democrat.

He earned 20 percent favorability among the Republicans in a new poll—the largest favorability in the party that the Quinnipiac University poll has ever seen. Following behind him are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 10 percent. The rest of the packed Republican race falls at 6 percent or lower.

Yet Trump’s own party put him at the top of the “no way” list. Thirty percent of Republican respondents said they would “definitely not support” him for the Republican nomination. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie follows at 15 percent, then Bush at 14 percent.

The Democrats would pick anyone else over the media mogul in the general election as well. Quinnipiac asked American voters to choose between another Democratic candidate and Trump, and Trump loses every time: Hillary Clinton and Trump (48 – 36 percent), Vice President Joe Biden and Trump (49 – 37 percent), and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Trump (45 – 37 percent).

A Democratic nominee other than Clinton is unlikely. She is leading the pack with a 38 percent margin (55 percent), followed by 17 percent for Sanders, and 13 percent for Biden, who has yet to make any official announcement about his candidacy. The remainder of the Democrats score 1 percent or lower.

Both party leaders have their worst favorability ratings yet. Among both party voters, Trump has a negative 27 – 59 percent, and Clinton has a negative 40 – 51 percent.

The survey of 1,644 registered voters was conducted July 23 – 28 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.

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