Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJohnson faces tough crowd at Libertarian debate Sanders: Primary isn't 'rigged,' just 'dumb' Trump University judge to unseal documents MORE maintains his lead among the GOP field, but half of Americans would be embarrassed to have the real estate mogul as president, a new poll found.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows Trump leading his next nearest opponent, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzMeet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Party chairs see reversal of fortune McConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ MORE (R-Texas) at 28 to 24 percent, but the Republican presidential front-runner trails behind both major Democratic hopefuls in the general election.
While half of all polled would be embarrassed to have Trump as president, the majority of that sentiment comes from Democrats and independent voters.
The poll also shows that only 41 percent of those polled think he has a "good chance" of beating the Democratic nominee, though again, the attitudes run along party lines: Among Republicans, 70 percent think he has a good chance; among Democrats, 14 percent think he stands a good chance, while Trump fares better among independents, 40 percent of whom think he can beat the Democratic nominee.
“Half of American voters say they’d be embarrassed to have Donald Trump as their Commander in Chief and most Americans think he doesn’t have a good chance in November, but there he is still at the top of the Republican heap,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a release.
Following Trump and Cruz among the Republican candidates are Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSunday shows preview: Bernie soldiers on Fla. Senate candidate bashes Rubio The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Fla.), lagging behind in third place with 12 percent, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who received 10 percent. None of the remaining candidates registers above 6 percent.
Among voters of all parties polled, 59 percent think Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJohnson faces tough crowd at Libertarian debate Sanders: Clinton shouldn't pick VP from Wall Street McAfee on chances of Libertarian win: 'We're not that stupid' MORE has a good chance of beating the Republican nominee, with a majority of Democrats and independents believing that, while 36 percent of Republicans polled agree.
But it won't be easy for her, the poll finds. In hypothetical general election match-ups, Clinton topples Trump, 47 to 40 percent, while narrowly edging out Rubio by 1 point and tying Cruz. Her Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Clinton shouldn't pick VP from Wall Street Sanders: Primary isn't 'rigged,' just 'dumb' Dick Van Dyke introduces Sanders at rally MORE (I-Vt.), also defeats Trump, 51 to 38 percent, but falls short to both Rubio by 3 points and Cruz by 1.
“Hillary Clinton tops him," Malloy said of Trump. "Sen. Bernie Sanders hammers him and Sen. Ted Cruz is snapping at his heels. Can a candidate that half the American electorate thinks is an embarrassment win in November?”
On the Democratic side, Clinton easily leads Sanders, 61 to 30 percent, with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in a distant third with 2 percent.
The poll was conducted from Dec. 16 to Dec. 20 and surveyed 1,140 registered voters via landline and cellphone. The margin of error was 2.9 percentage points. In the breakdown, the poll surveyed 508 GOP voters with a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points, and 462 Democratic voters with a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.