Latest poll shows Cruz, Rubio defeating Trump in head to head battle
Donald Trump’s national lead in the GOP presidential primary is shrinking, and he loses head-to-head match-ups with his two closest opponents, according to a poll out Tuesday morning.I first noted this after the South Carolina contest when the media was ready to crown Trump as the presumptive nominee. Cruz has started arguing the point at campaign appearances and in debates since then. It is why the other candidates need to get out now.Thirty-four percent of registered Republican and GOP-leaning independent voters say they want Trump to win the GOP nomination in a new ABC News/Washington Post survey.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) follows at 25 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at 18 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 13 percent in the national poll, representing increases of 4, 7 and 11 points in the survey since January, respectively.
But in hypothetical one-on-one match-ups with Cruz and Rubio, Trump loses. Cruz leads Trump 54 to 41 percent, and Rubio leads the outspoken businessman 51 to 45 percent.
Cruz trounces Trump among both evangelicals (64 percent to 31 percent) and self-identified very conservative voters (60 to 34 percent). Rubio also beats Trump among both groups, though by far smaller margins.
Favorability among GOP women could be a hurdle for Trump.
Just about a quarter of women support him, 24 percent, compared to 44 percent of men surveyed. Those figures have fluctuated in recent months.