GOP voters: Trump most electable

GOP voters: Trump most electable
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Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE is viewed as the strongest contender in the general election among GOP voters, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Of 1,027 adults surveyed online earlier this month, seven in 10 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters said the billionaire businessman could win the November 2016 presidential election if he’s nominated. Six in 10 voters said the same for Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonPrice resignation sets off frenzy of speculation over replacement We are all to blame for the Las Vegas shooting India's IBM conquest is an ominous sign for American industry MORE.

Meanwhile, six in 10 Republicans said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could win the general election, and 54 percent said the same for Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE.

The AP-GfK poll also found that Carson and Trump are most likely to receive positive ratings from Republican voters, with 65 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of Carson and 58 percent saying the they have a favorable opinion of Trump.

Republicans voters appeared somewhat less excited about Bush, with 48 percent giving him a favorable rating.

Among the broader electorate, however, Trump and Bush earn the highest negative ratings — 36 percent view Trump unfavorably and 37 percent view Bush unfavorably.

The survey also asked voters about their preferences on experience. By a 77 to 22 percent margin, Republican voters said they prefer an outsider candidate who will change how things are done over a candidate with Washington experience.