Poll: Ryan would lose general election to Clinton, Sanders
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBooker prepping for first 2020 debate with bicep curls Democratic debates: What the top candidates need to do Paul Ryan praises Trump: 'He's not taking any crap' MORE would not fare well against either Democratic presidential candidate in the general election if he were to become the Republican nominee, according to a new poll.

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The Rasmussen survey released Thursday found that the Wisconsin Republican trails Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE in a hypothetical match-up, 40 to 34 percent. The results are similar against Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates MORE, who would beat the Speaker, 41 to 34 percent.

In both matchups, at least a fifth of voters say they’d prefer another candidate.

The poll comes amid rumors that the GOP leaders are hoping to nominate Ryan during a contested convention as a last-ditch effort to block the party’s front-runner, Donald TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE. Ryan has said that he’s not interested in the nomination.

The poll found that 59 percent of Republican voters view the Speaker favorably, while 64 percent of Democrats view him unfavorably.

His unfavorable numbers are slightly higher than his favorable ratings among all voters, 44 to 39 percent. 

The poll of 1,000 likely voters has a margin of error of 3 points.