Hillary Clinton defeats Trump in hypothetical matchup, loses to Senators Rubio and Cruz

By Dave Andrusko

Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio

As is the case with all polls taken months before a presidential election, hypothetical matchups are reflections of today, not November 8. Having said that….

The morning of Super Tuesday CNN released its latest poll of 920 registered voters and found that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump would lose to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Jennifer Agiesta, CNN’s Polling Director, explained that Clinton would win 52% to 44%.

Mrs. Clinton would lose to both Senator Marco Rubio–50% to 47%– and Senator Ted Cruz–49% to 48%.

Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz

Later in the story Agiesta talked about favorable/unfavorable ratings:

The two front-runners, Clinton and Trump, are seen unfavorably by majorities of voters. Almost 6-in-10 have a negative view of Trump, 59% with 38% favorable, and 53% have a negative view of Clinton, 44% see her positively.

Cruz also has a net negative rating, while impressions of [Dr. Ben] Carson, Rubio and [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich tilt positive.

Specifically, according to the CNN/ORC poll

Donald  Trump

Donald Trump

*44% said they had a favorable opinion of Sen. Rubio to 38% who had an unfavorable opinion.

*36% had a favorable opinion of Sen. Cruz compared to 48% who had an unfavorable opinion,

*41% expressed a favorable opinion of Gov. Kasich versus 22% unfavorable.

* As noted, more people had a favorable opinion of Dr. Carson than unfavorable, but I could not find the numbers listed on the polling results here.