By Jesse Byrnes
Poll: Clinton would easily beat Trump
Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBattle for union vote erupts in Ohio Shaky Democratic platform will collapse without oil, gas Hillary, go walk the streets; it will humanize you. Lose the bubble. MORE would defeat Republican presidential rival Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMuslim convention speaker challenges McConnell, Ryan to repudiate Trump Muslim convention speaker challenges McConnell, Ryan to repudiate Trump Battle for union vote erupts in Ohio MORE by double digits in a hypothetical general election matchup, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Clinton would edge out Trump by 13 points in a one-on-one vote, 51 percent to 38 percent, in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.
Trump, the controversial GOP front-runner, would lose even more soundly to Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump floats opposition to debate schedule 100 days to go in volatile race What does Bill think of Hillary's Chris Wallace interview? MORE should the Independent Vermont senator secure the Democratic nomination.
Sanders bests Trump by 18 points, 55 to 37 percent. Sanders picked up a surprise win over Clinton in Michigan on Tuesday, though Clinton expanded her overall delegate lead.
By comparison, Trump's rivals Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioFlorida: 'High likelihood' of first Zika transmission in the US Overnight Healthcare: Rubio presses Obama to spend Zika money | FDA moves ahead with trans fat ban The Trail 2016: Her big night MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzTed Cruz100 days to go in volatile race Voting Trump because of the Supreme Court isn't enough Trump blames GOP as Dems top RNC ratings MORE (Texas) both fare better against the Democratic front-runner in the latest polling. Cruz and Rubio have stressed their electability in the GOP race.
Cruz trails Clinton by just 2 points, 47 to 45 percent, in a hypothetical matchup, while Rubio ties the former secretary of State at 46 percent each, according to the NBC/Journal poll.
Trump argued during a round of television interviews Wednesday morning that Republicans should unite behind him after his series of victories in the GOP race, including three on Tuesday night.
Trump, who has regularly boasted of his ability to defeat Clinton, said Wednesday on CNN that he thought she'd be the Democratic nominee.
He also argued on NBC's "Today" show that, if they united, "nobody could beat" the Republican Party.
The survey of 1,200 adults was conducted March 3–6 with an overall margin of error of 2.83 percent.