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Poll: Opposition Votes Against Clinton, Trump Affecting Election

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Most voters choosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a potential matchup in November say they are picking their candidate as a way to oppose the other person running, rather than because of positive feelings for their own candidate of choice, a new McClatchy-Marist poll reveals.

By the numbers:
  • 53 percent of Hillary Clinton's supporters say they pick her over Donald Trump because they oppose him;
  • 61 percent of Trump's supporter say they pick him to oppose Clinton;
  • Overall: 50 percent pick Clinton and 41 percent pick Trump.
In other potential matchups:
  • Clinton and Ted Cruz tied, 47-47 percent;
  • Clinton over John Kasich, 49-39 percent.
The poll also showed that there are some party members choosing the candidate from the opposing party, and there is a gender gap:
  • Trump/Clinton matchup, more than one in 10 Republicans pick Clinton;
  • Kasich vs. Clinton, more than one in 10 Democrats pick Kasich.
  • Women: Clinton over Trump, 24 points, over Cruz by 12, and over Kasich by 5.
Sanders also fared better over the GOP field in potential matchups:
  • Sanders vs. Trump: 57-37 percent;
  • Sanders over Cruz: 53-41 percent;
  • Over Kasich: 52-41 percent.
The survey of 1,297 adults was conducted between March 29-13, and carried an overall margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

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Most voters choosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a potential matchup in November say they are picking their candidate as a way to oppose the other person running, rather than because of positive feelings for their own candidate of choice...
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