Texas Senator Ted Cruz is gaining ground not just in Iowa, but nationally. And Donald Trump winning the presidency would become an embarrassment headlined The Hill in a report. The conclusion was reached by more than half the U.S. voters according to the latest Quinnipiac University National poll released Tuesday.
The question was asked of voters: “Would you feel proud to have Donald Trump as President, embarrassed to have Donald Trump as President, or wouldn’t you feel either of these ways?” 50 percent of voters responded to the question saying they would be embarrassed to have Trump as president, while 23 percent said they would be proud and another 24 percent responded they would be neither.
With just six weeks before the Iowa Caucuses open the 2016 presidential race in earnest, Donald Trump insurmountable lead has now virtually disappeared not only in Iowa (where Trump trails by 9 points), but also in this latest survey. Trump has 28 percent of the GOP pack, with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at a razor-close 24 percent. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has 12 percent and Dr. Ben Carson with 10 percent showcases his dramatic fall from grace. No other candidate tops 6 percent with 8 percent undecided. To show the race is far from over, 58 percent of those who name a candidate “can and will” their mind.
In the Democratic race, Clinton tops Sanders 61 – 30 percent, a seemingly insurmountable margin. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has 2 percent, with 6 percent undecided and 41 percent who might change their mind. Among Republicans, 28 percent of voters say they “would definitely not support” Trump, with 24 percent who would not back Bush.
“Half of American voters say they’d be embarrassed to have Donald Trump as their Commander in Chief and most Americans think he doesn’t have a good chance in November, but there he is still at the top of the Republican heap,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Hillary Clinton tops him. Sen. Bernie Sanders hammers him and Sen. Ted Cruz is snapping at his heels. Can a candidate that half the American electorate thinks is an embarrassment win in November?”
American voters back Clinton over Trump 47 – 40 percent. In other matchups:
- Clinton gets 44 percent to Rubio’s 43 percent;
- Clinton and Cruz are tied 44 – 44 percent.
- Sanders tops Trump 51 – 38 percent.
Even more telling, voters find that Hillary Clinton has the right kind of experience to be president, American voters say 63 – 35 percent, while Donald Trump does not have the experience, voters say 67 – 29 percent.
Clinton is ahead on another key measurement: Voters say 59 – 32 percent, including 86 – 10 percent among Democrats, that she has a good chance of defeating the Republican nominee next November.
Voters say 53 – 41 percent that Trump does not have a good chance of winning in November. Republicans say 70 – 24 percent that Trump has a good chance of winning.
From December 16 – 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,140 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.