Clinton Trump lead: Quinnipiac University Poll Trump Hillary

Published: September 27, 2015

Clinton Trump lead: Quinnipiac University Poll Trump Hillary, Although Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lead other 2016 presidential contenders in their respective parties, a Quinnipiac University National poll released Thursday suggests their campaigns could still face challenges.

Forty-three percent of Democrats said they would support the former secretary of state, compared to a quarter who would support U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, and 18 percent who would back Vice President Joe Biden, the poll found.

Despite support for the former first lady among Democrats, Clinton would essentially tie businesswoman and Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina in a head-to-head contest with each receiving a respective 43 and 44 percent of the vote.

Clinton would trail retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson 49 to 42 percent. She would get 42 to 44 percent against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 45 to 43 percent of the vote against Trump.

Biden, who has yet to officially announce a White House bid, fared better, getting 46 percent to Fiorina’s 43 percent of the vote and beating Bush and Trump, by respective margins of 46 to 41 percent and 51 to 40 percent, the poll found. He would tie Carson 45 to 45 percent in a head-to-head matchup.

While survey respondents said they believe Fiorina out-performed Trump in the most recent Republican presidential debate by a 4 to 1 margin, the businessman continued to lead GOP candidates with a quarter of the vote.

Carson followed with 17 percent of the vote, compared to Fiorina with 12 percent and Bush with 10 percent, according to the poll.

Nearly a third of GOP voters, however, said they would “definitely not support” Trump. Just 11 percent of Democrats said they wouldn’t support Clinton.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said despite the changing roles of Republican presidential candidates, Trump remains in the “the lead role.”

“But when the number of Republicans who ‘would definitely not support you’ is greater than the number who support you, where does that leave you?” he said in a statement. “Welcome to Trump World, comparing his fragile support from his own party to Hillary Clinton’s sagging but still stronger support from her party.”

Quinnipiac University surveyed more than 1,500 registered voters via land line and cell phones nationwide from Sept. 17-21. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. It includes more than 700 Republicans, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points, and nearly 600 Democrats, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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