Latest Poll Says Biden Matches Up Better Against GOP Than Clinton

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In the Quinnipiac University national poll that was released on Thursday, Donald Trump dominated the GOP presidential competition with 28% support. Ben Carson was his closest competitor, tallying 12%. It makes a serious statement that the top two in the 17-member Republican field have no political experience whatsoever.

Just 7% of those polled said they would vote for Jeb Bush — that’s a record low for the former Florida Governor since November 2013. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio tied with Bush at 7%, followed by Scott Walker at 6%, then Carly Fiorina and John Kasich were even with just 5%.

Though Trump is still the front-runner, he’s not universally loved. The survey indicated that 1-in-4 voters would never vote for the real estate mogul. He topped the field in the “no way, never” category, with Bush coming in second at 18%.

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

Though Hillary Clinton is still leading the Democratic race at 45% support from registered Democrats, her numbers are down from 55% on July 30. Bernie Sanders garnered 22% in the new poll and Joe Biden (who is not even officially in the race) tallied 18%.

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More bad news for Hillary is that in general election match-ups against the GOP contenders, Biden’s numbers are better. Against Trump, Biden comes out on top 48% to 40%, while Clinton beats Trump 45% to 41%. Against Bush, it’s 45%/39% in favor of Biden but just 42%/40% in favor of Clinton.

Biden also has the best favorability rating among top Republican and Democratic candidates, according to the poll, at 48% to 39%. Meanwhile, Clinton tallied a negative 39% to 51% score — her worst ever.

When it comes to honesty, not surprisingly, Trump and Clinton had the worst scores among the top candidates — 61% said Clinton is NOT honest and trustworthy, while 54% said the same of Trump.

You can download all the results from the Quinnipiac University National Poll here.

Click through the gallery below to see where many of the Republican presidential candidates stand on the issues that Americans care about.


Donald Trump

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Ben Carson

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Ted Cruz

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Marco Rubio

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Scott Walker

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Jeb Bush

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Rand Paul

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Mike Huckabee

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Carly Fiorina

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