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Quinnipiac poll: Donald Trump surges in GOP, but would lose to Democrats


@PatriciaMazzei

The summer of The Donald is reflected in a new public-opinion survey that shows celebrity real-estate mogul Donald Trump clearly ahead of the rest of the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.

The Quinnipiac University poll published Thursday shows Trump with 20 percent support, ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 10 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in a four-way tie for fourth place with 6 percent, and 12 percent are undecided.

Trump, however, is underwater in potential matchups against Democratic candidates. He would lose to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 48-36 percent -- and would also be bested by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and even Vice President Joe Biden, who is not in the race. Clinton leads the Democratic field with 55 percent support, followed by Sanders (17 percent) and Biden (14 percent).

The strongest Republican against Clinton is Bush, who's ahead of her 41-42 percent, which amounts to a statistical tie. The poll's error margin is 2.4 percentage points. Clinton leads Walker 44-43 percent, another tie.

Though poll respondents said the most important quality in a candidate is that they be honest and trustworthy, frontrunners Trump and Clinton fare the worst by that measure, at least among general-election voters.

"They love him and they hate him. Donald Trump triumphs on the stump so far, but do voters REALLY want him? Maybe not so much," assistant poll director Tim Malloy said in a statement.

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