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If election were today, Dem. front-runner Hillary Clinton would beat GOP front-runner Donald Trump

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump in a general election match-up if the election were held today, a new poll shows.

Clinton beats Trump, 49% to 39%, head-to-head. She would be neck-and-neck with other GOP contenders — including former tech CEO Carly Fiorina (45% to Clinton’s 44%), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (46% to Clinton’s 45%), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (44% to Clinton’s 45%).

But if Vice President Joe Biden runs for president, he’d enter the race as the most popular presidential candidate, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.

Clinton’s favorability rating is underwater: 39% of voters view her favorably, while 47% say they see the former secretary of state unfavorably.

But Trump’s problem is much bigger. He’s seen favorably by 25% of the general electorate, compared to unfavorably by 58%.

Biden, meanwhile, is the most popular potential candidate — in part because he hasn’t taken the shots that he’d be hit with if he were to enter the race. He’s viewed favorably by 40% compared to unfavorably by 28%.

Another Democratic candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is also popular, at 32% favorable versus 22% unfavorable.

The most popular Republican is Carson, whose 29% favorability rating outpaces his 21% unfavorability rating. He’s followed by Fiorina (27% to 20%).

The poll shows Clinton with a 7-point lead among national Democrats, at 42% to Sanders’ 35% and Biden’s 17% and

Trump leads among Republicans, at 21% to Carson’s 20%, with Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tying at 11%, followed by Bush’s 7%, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s 6% and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 5%.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are at 3% each, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is at 2%.

The general election poll was conducted September 20-24, surveying a total of 1,000 adults for a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points; the Democratic poll surveyed 256 primary voters for a margin of error of plus or minus 6.13 percentage points; and the Republican poll surveyed 230 primary voters for a margin of error of plus or minus 6.46 percentage points.

5 comments

    • Jim

      The GOP banks on lobbie party’s giving them campaign controbutions. Big corporate interest groups pay a few million a year for our congress/senate for 524 billion in welfare/tax evasive havens/write offs. Which makes a majority of your taxes yearly. 74 billion in welfare 40% are white. Imigration costs 9.8 billion a year. Corporations take most of your taxes. Vote Sanders 2016, he never flip floped and has always supported middle class.

    • Jim

      Do some research, GOP is a party of thieves. And Hillary is a flop. Vote for Sanders 2016, he is for guns, medical people like you could afford and not for 524 billion in coporate welfare yearly and has never flip floped. Don’t be another dumbass gop lover, investigate the truth.

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