Donald Trump up 4% over Ted Cruz in Quinnipiac Poll
Sen. Ted Cruz is catching up to Donald Trump. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, released on Tuesday, Trump’s lead over Cruz was only 4 percent.
Trump managed to secure 28 percent of the vote, but Cruz was closely behind with 24 percent.
Marco Rubio came in at third with 12 percent, Ben Carson in fourth with 10 percent, and Jeb Bush fell to sixth place with a measly 4 percent.
Cruz has been steadily climbing and overtaking Trump in Iowa, and there is some evidence that the Texas senator is managing to perform similarly nationally. But in most polls, Trump’s national lead has stretched to new heights, with some recent surveys showing that more than 40% of Republican voters would support him today.
A Fox News poll taken similarly after the debate showed Trump with 39% support.
Quinnipiac’s national polling has consistently shown lower support for Donald Trump than other national phone polls, and that seems to be the case again in Tuesday’s survey. Their last pre-debate poll showed Trump at 27%, Rubio at 17% and Carson and Cruz both at 16%.
Despite his GOP frontrunner status, 50% of American voters nevertheless told Quinnipiac that they would be “embarrassed” to have Trump as the face of the U.S.
Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton continues to enjoy a large lead over Bernie Sanders, winning 61% of the vote to Sanders’ 30%.
And in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, Trump continues to fare poorly, with Clinton beating him by 7 points and Sanders doing so by 13 points. Other Republicans apparently pose greater threats to the GOP: Cruz and Clinton tie at 44% each, and Clinton only beats Rubio 44% to 43%.
Quinnipiac polled 508 Republicans for a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points and 462 Democrats for a margin of 4.6 percentage points.
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