Poll: Ryan would lose general election to Clinton, Sanders
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' 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.


The Rasmussen survey released Thursday found that the Wisconsin Republican trails Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE in a hypothetical match-up, 40 to 34 percent. The results are similar against Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Restless progressives eye 2024 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 TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table 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.