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Poll: Most Republicans Think Donald Trump Would Be Their Strongest Candidate In General Election

A recent poll by the Associated Press/GFK revealed that the majority of Republicans believe that Donald Trump is the best candidate to represent them in a general election.

The poll was released on Oct. 26 and data for it was gathered between Oct. 15-19.

Conservative political strategists are less hopeful that Trump can win a match up against Hillary Clinton.

“Republicans think [Democrat] Hillary [Clinton] is weaker than she is,” says Katie Packer, who served as former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s deputy campaign manager in 2012. “They are wrong. They think we don’t need to win more women or more Hispanics to win. They’re wrong.”

Opposing Views reports:

The data show that 7 out of 10 Republican voters believe Trump would be their strongest nominee against a Democratic challenger. Close behind is Carson, who is viewed as electable by 6 out of 10 Republicans. Sharing second place with Carson is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is viewed as the most electable establishment candidate, The Associated Press reports.

While 54 percent of GOP voters believe Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida could win a general election, the rest of the crowded field of presidential contenders cannot muster at least half of their electorate’s confidence, according to AP.

The poll also measures each candidate’s likability among Republican voters. Carson leads in this criteria with a 65 percent favorability rating, followed by Trump with 58 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proves to be the least favorable candidate among Republican voters, AP reports.

Of respondents, 77 percent told the surveyors they want a Republican president who is not an Washington, D.C., insider, and 76 percent say they value private sector experience over those who have held elected office.

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