CNN Poll Highlights a Primary vs. November Paradox

March 1, 2016

Super Tuesday is underway; a day that is likely to see Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton further cement their status as their respective party's likely nominees. (Super Tuesday Republican and Democratic polling update).

A new CNN | ORC poll for the general election shows that intra-party dominance doesn't extend to the general election. (We've noticed this for the last several months, but it is particularly obvious now that the number of likely match-ups has decreased).

 

Bernie Sanders easily defeats all three Republicans sampled, and significantly outperforms Clinton in each case. In the most extreme case, Cruz leads Clinton by one while Sanders beats him by 17 points. 

Looking at it from the Republican side, Trump is easily beaten by either Clinton or Sanders, while Rubio and Cruz have a small lead over Clinton. Rubio outperforms Trump against either opponent.

Some of these differences can likely be attributed to the fact that Sanders is viewed much more favorably than Clinton (57% favorable for Sanders, 42% for Clinton in the poll) and that Clinton and Trump had the highest unfavorables (55% and 60%, respectively). 

comments powered by Disqus

Headlines

Ranked Choice Voting, Other Election Changes Impact NYC Mayoral Primary

Democratic nominee - who will be a heavy favorite in November - may not be known for several weeks

New Feature: 2021 House of Representatives Map

In advance of redistricting, a look at the current partisan composition of the House, including a table of incumbents and 2020 margins

Overview & Live Results: Battleground State House Special Election in Georgia

Georgia will fill two vacancies in its state house, including a battleground district in suburban Atlanta. There's also a special primary in Wisconsin.

Poll: Adams Leads Competitive NYC Mayoral Race; Primary is Next Tuesday

Adams, Garcia, Wiley and Yang all see double-digit support, with Adams reaching majority support in the ranked choice simulation

New Orleans State Senate District 7 Special All Party Primary Election

The former incumbent, Democrat Troy Carter, resigned after being elected to Congress in an April special election.