Poll: Ryan would lose general election to Clinton, Sanders
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world 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 ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE in a hypothetical match-up, 40 to 34 percent. The results are similar against Bernie SandersBernie SandersSirota: Biden has not fulfilled campaign promise of combating union-busting tactics Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Progressives put Democrats on defense 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 TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report 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.