Quinnipiac University Poll: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Are Still Leading
A new Quinnipiac University poll has Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton leading their primary opponents. The two front-runners have lost some ground in this survey compared to the month of August.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lead the race for the nomination in their respective parties, according to the most recent Quinnipiac University poll that was published on Thursday.
Trump is ahead in the GOP field with 25 percent of surveyed registered voters; this corresponds to a 3 percent slide compared to last month. The business mogul is followed by Dr. Ben Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, who is at 17 percent. Carson gained five points since the last poll was released.
On the Democratic side, Clinton sits comfortably in first place in this new national survey although she lost two points since August. At 43 percent, Clinton remains the driving force in the Democratic primary for President race. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is at 25 percent when Vice President Joseph Biden does not get in the race. Sanders reaches 30 percent if Biden stays out.
Former business executive Carly Fiorina, who performed very well during the September 16 CNN debate, is starting to have a real impact in the race for the nomination in the Republican primary. Fiorina is at 12 percent; that is a five-point increase compared to August. The former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard (HP) does better in the general election than Trump. She beats Clinton 44-43, while Trump loses 45-43.
Biden is the stronger Democratic candidate in the general election; his worst performance is against Carson, and it is a tie 45-45.
Things are starting to get serious, but the picture will get a bit clearer at the beginning of 2016. It is expected that many candidates will get out of the race for the White House by the end of the year.