Less than half of registered GOP voters believe Donald Trump will be able to unify the party if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee, a new Pew Research Center study released Thursday shows.
In a poll of 2,254 adults conducted from March 17 to 27:
- 38 percent say Trump will be able to get the party to "unite solidly";
- In 2012, 65 percent said then-nominee Mitt Romney would unify the party;
- In 2008, 64 percent said John McCain was a unifier.
In addition, the poll found that supporters for Trump's rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, do not believe Trump would be a good president.
- Cruz: 50 percent of backers say Trump would be "poor or terrible," and 28 percent, "terrible";
- Kasich: 55 percent, poor or terrible; 36 percent, "terrible."
- 64 percent said Hillary Clinton would unify the party;
- 28 percent of Bernie Sanders' supporters say Clinton will make a "terrible or poor" president.
The poll carried a margin of error overall of 2.4 percentage points, reports Politico
, and among the 1,787 who were registered voters, the margin of error was 2.6 percentage points.
The sample contained 834 Republicans, with a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points, and 842 Democrats, with a 3.8 percentage point margin of error.
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