The Donald Trump juggernaut has rolled to a 2-1 lead among Republican voters nationwide, with 39 percent, his highest total so far, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday.
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Trump is followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 19 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 18 percent, the poll said.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 6 percent with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Dr. Ben Carson tied at 4 percent each with 9 percent undecided. This compares with a Feb. 5 survey by Quinnipiac, showing Trump with 31 percent.
In the Democratic race nationwide, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 44 percent, with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 42 percent, and 11 percent undecided, unchanged from Feb. 5. The difference between Clinton and Sanders is within the margin of error.
"Reports of Donald Trump's imminent demise as a candidate are clearly and greatly exaggerated. Like a freight train barreling through signals with his horn on full blast, Trump heads down the track toward a possible nomination," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "There is a 'but.' Trump's raw numbers are formidable, but he trails the pack on some 'from the gut' character measurements. And the kind of bright spot that Jeb Bush supporters, few as they be, may grab ahold of. The former Florida governor polls best in the pack on 'experience.'"
The top three Republicans are closely matched in terms of voter opinion as Trump gets a 62 percent vs. 31 percent favorability among Republicans, with 64 percent vs. 17 percent for Rubio and 62 percent vs. 23 percent for Cruz.
"Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton are neck and neck. But while Bernie has the trust, Hillary has the experience. Two different measurements of two dissimilar candidates," Malloy added.
The Democratic gender gap is shrinking as women back Clinton over Sanders 47 percent vs. 41 percent while men back Sanders 44 percent vs. 40 percent. Clinton would have a good chance of winning in November, 83 percent of Democrats say, compared with 69 percent who say Sanders has a good chance.
Trump has a good chance of winning in November, 77 percent of Republican voters nationwide say, while 61 percent say Rubio has a good chance of winning and 60 percent say Cruz has a good chance, the poll found.
From Feb. 10 to 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,342 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.
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