Although Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton still lead the presidential nomination for their respective parties, a new Quinnipiac University national poll shows that Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Ben Carson run strongest in general election matchups.
In the Democratic race:
- Clinton gets 43 percent, Sen. Bernie Sanders 25 percent, and Biden -- who has yet to decide whether to run – gets 18 percent.
In the Republican race:
- Trump leads with 25 percent, Carson gets 17 percent, Carly Fiorina third with 12 percent and Jeb Bush next with 10 percent; no other GOP White House contenders polled in double digits
In general election match-ups:
- Clinton is 2 percentage points ahead of Trump and Carson leads her with 7 percentage points.
- Biden has an 11 point lead vs. Trump and ties with Carson, 45 – 45 percent.
- Biden also runs ahead of Fiorina and Bush while Clinton slightly trails behind both.
The poll reveals that Clinton and Trump are seen by respondents as the least honest and trustworthy among all candidates.
- Voters say 63 – 32 percent, including 68 – 26 percent among independent voters, that Clinton is not honest and trustworthy.
- Voters say 57 – 35 percent, including 56 – 36 percent among independent voters, that Trump is not honest and trustworthy.
And although Biden has yet to announce a run for White House, he has the best honesty and trustworthy scores along with Carson with 62 percent of respondents saying Biden is honest and trustworthy and 63 percent for Carson.
From September 17 – 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,574 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The survey includes 737 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points and 587 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.
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