National Poll: Donald Trump Remains Frontrunner, Would Lose Big Head-To Head With Ted Cruz

n Presidential candidates Ted Cruz (R) and Donald Trump spar during the Republican Presidential Debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016.
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An ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Donald Trump leading the race to become the Republican nominee for President of the United States. However, if the field were to consolidate, the billionaire businessman would no longer be favored in a head-to-head situation, according to the survey.

The real estate mogul leads with 34 percent support nationally, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with 25 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at 18 percent, and John Kasich rounding out the field with 13 percent, the poll results say.

“Trump’s support has essentially remained unchanged for months,” the report released with the poll said.

Both Cruz and Rubio defeat Trump in a hypothetical head-to-head scenario.

Cruz easily defeats Trump head-to-head 54-41 percent. non-Cruz or Trump supporters prefer Cruz to Trump 72-17 percent.

Among “very conservative voters,” Cruz takes down Trump 60-34 percent. Among white evangelicals, Cruz handles Trump 64-31 percent.

Rubio also defeats Trump, but by smaller margins, 51-45 percent. Non-Rubio or Trump voters favor Rubio 69-23 percent. He, like Cruz, is favored by approximately 60% of women in a head-to-head with Trump.

Only 51 percent of those surveyed felt that they would be satisfied with Trump’s nomination, and 52 percent said they view him favorably. Cruz has the highest net favorability rating at 65 percent.

The poll also surveyed Democrat voters. It found that Hillary Clinton leads Sen. Bernie Sanders nationally, 49-42 percent.

By a 69-29 percent divide, American view the current political system as “dysfunctional,” according to the survey. Yet, only 21 percent are angry at the government.

The ABC/WaPo poll sampled 1,000 adults nationwide.


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