Poll: Trump leads nationally with 40 percent support
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington The Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers return to work as Dem candidates set to debate MORE follows close behind with 35 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich comes in third place with 24 percent support of GOP primary voters, according to the poll.
Trump's support is up 10 points from a March poll; in that snapshot Cruz had 27 percent and Kasich had 22 percent.
Trump leads Cruz among Republicans who don't have a college education, 45 percent to 38 percent; and among men, 42 percent to 35 percent. Cruz has an advantage over Trump among very conservative voters, 52 percent to 40 percent, while Kasich leads among Republicans who say they are moderate or liberal.
According to the poll, 61 percent of Republican primary voters say they could see themselves supporting Trump, while 38 percent say they could not support Trump. For Cruz, 63 percent say they could support the Texas senator and 35 percent say they could not.
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls nationally, Trump leads by 9.8 points, with 40.4 percent of the vote. Cruz has 30.6 percent support and Kasich has 21 percent support.
Among registered voters, nearly 70 percent say they could not see themselves supporting Trump and 65 percent of all voters have a negative view of Trump. For Cruz, 61 percent of respondents say they can't see themselves supporting the Texas senator. Nearly 60 percent of polled voters say they could not see themselves supporting Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll: Warren leads Biden in Maine by 12 points MORE.
The poll also finds that in a head-to-head match up between Trump and Clinton, Clinton leads Trump by 11 points. She leads Cruz by just 2 points, 46 percent to 44 percent. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE leads Cruz by 12 points, 52 percent to 40 percent, in a head-to-head matchup. Kasich leads Clinton by 12 points in a matchup.
The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted April 10-14 among 1,000 registered voters. The margin of error for the whole sample of registered voters was 3.1 percent. The sample of Republican primary voters included 310 people. The margin of error for Republican primary voters sample is 5.6 percent.