Donald Trump trounces GOP field, Biden leads general election match-ups

By Theodore Schleifer, CNN

Washington (CNN)Vice President Joe Biden fares better against top GOP candidates in hypothetical general election match-ups than Hillary Clinton, according to a new national survey.

The Quinnipiac University poll, released Thursday, also shows Donald Trump smashing the GOP presidential competition garnering 28% support from registered Republican voters in the 17-member field. The real estate mogul’s closest competitor is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who tallies 12%.

Just 7% said they would vote for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a record low since November 2013.

Those results show just how far both Trump — now the Republican front-runner — and Bush — the old one — have come. Bush led national polls for much of the first half of 2015, but was quickly dislodged by Trump, after he announced his presidential ambitions this June.

Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida both are tied with Bush at 7%, the polls shows, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 6% and former tech CEO Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich tied at 5%.

“Donald Trump soars; Ben Carson rises; Jeb Bush slips and some GOP hopefuls seem to disappear,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the survey. “Trump proves you don’t have to be loved by everyone, just by enough Republicans to lead the GOP pack.”

And Trump certainly isn’t loved by everyone, the survey shows. About 1-in-4 GOP voters say they would never vote for Trump, topping the field. Bush comes in second with 18%.

Clinton still leads the Democratic race at 45% support from registered Democrats, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 22% and Biden — who is currently mulling a 2016 bid — at 18%.

But Biden, currently sporting the highest favorability rating among any 2016 candidates polled of either party, tops Trump 48% to 40%, compared to Clinton, who beats Trump 45% to 41%. Biden also beats Bush, 45% to 39%, compared to Clinton, who beats Bush 42% to 40%.

Malloy said Biden could be encouraged by these polling results.

“If he is sitting on the fence, his scores in the match-ups and his favorability ratings may compel him to say, ‘Let’s do this,'” Malloy said.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,563 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, including 666 Republicans with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points and 647 Democrats with a margin of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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  • Mario
    27 August 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Hillary Clinton is finished, Obama will call the shot, Biden will get in, being speculated as VP is Michelle Obama. Tech/Internet/Top Corps GOPs focus their money to bring down Trump,they want Bush as a puppet to win. Nobody could dictate on Trump because he spend his own money to run.Microsoft,Facebook,Yahoo etc, want more H-2B working visa for Asian workers,to replace American STEM graduates. Voters are tired of 8yrs of Clinton and Bush,voters are tired on politician, American voters want jobs.

  • Enigma
    27 August 2015 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Truthfully, what does Biden or the Democrats have to offer?
    -a bigger National Debt,
    -more government regulation,
    -more taxes,
    -no growth,
    -more people on government dependency,
    -more favored treatment of Democrat constituencies over most Americans,
    -more appeasements,
    -a phony war on terrorism,
    -more “workplace” violence,
    -an open border with more and more illegals coming in,
    -a deepening division of the races? Yeah, these are winning issues regardless of who the Democrat nominee is.

  • noz
    28 August 2015 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    BIDEN / KILLERY / OBOBO were clone from the same petri dish. the trio are fanatics of fundamental change to deface what made america, rather than a constitutionally run government. recent opinion polls overwhelmingly tag killery as a liar, untrustworthy, dishonest, yet this power hungry woman is still standing, firing up her base with the same ideologue of obobo. the most contentious political issues are the illegal aliens, war on women, freeloaders, aka in the politically correct world named – the low labor participation. killery is trying hard to convince the demoncrap voters / the left leaning GOP voters, the GOP plans to deport the millions illegal aliens placing them in cargo boxes is so inhumane, the defunding of planned parenthood for women’s health she compared to the terrorists ISIS. equal pay to all regardless of education levels, experiences, to attract the freeloaders to increase labor participations is not only the fattest lies, but have become the morbidly obese propagandas of killery, just to win election. she knows doggone well her bullcraps are job killers. private businesses pay workers based on education levels / experiences / job positions. killery, and the demoncraps in time of election are always into their gospel of equal pay to fool the voters. none of these far out lefty politicians can explain in reality, a janitor’s salary vs a janitor supervisor’s salary vs the salary of the director of the janitorial services can never be equal in pay, so much so, we all know it’s nothing but more bullcraps, but then voters are buying into the bullcraps of the demoncraps, and the shameless killery.

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