GOP voters: Trump most electable

GOP voters: Trump most electable
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Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel OPINION: Trump’s bluff: Perfectly legal Will Republicans stand up to the NRA's insurrection rhetoric? 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 Carson.

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 RubioWill Republicans stand up to the NRA's insurrection rhetoric? The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Ivanka Trump turns to House GOP on paid family leave 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.