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Survey: Trump Running Behind Clinton, Sanders In Wisconsin

Poll Found Democratic Candidates Garnering More Support Than Republican Rivals

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would have a hard time getting Wisconsin’s vote in a general election, according to the latest Wisconsin Survey.

The GOP frontrunner is behind both Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the latest poll, released on Wednesday. Both Democrats would win by a double-digit margin against Trump if a hypothetical, head-to-head race were held today.

The survey found 52 percent of respondents said they’d back Sanders while 33 percent said they would support Trump. If the race were between Clinton and Trump, she won 46 percent of the vote while Trump got 33 percent.

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The survey, which polled registered voters in Wisconsin, also showed Sanders with a 10-point lead over another Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, in a hypothetical race. Sanders nabbed 50 percent while Cruz had 40 percent.

Charley Jacobs, a St. Norbert College political scientist, said Clinton only has a 1-point lead over Cruz according to the poll, so her campaign might hope for a Trump win in the GOP contest.

“It may be that these data, at least as we see them in Wisconsin, may be beneficial if Trump gets in the race and stays in the race rather than Cruz because as it stands now, Hillary seems to be the likely Democratic nominee for the party, and it’s certainly a very close race when you put Cruz up against Hillary Clinton,” he said.

The Wisconsin Survey was conducted last week after the state’s presidential primaries. Eighty-five percent of respondents said they cast a vote.

Twenty-three percent of respondents said they voted for Sanders, 21 percent backed Cruz, 17 percent supported Clinton, 16 percent were behind Trump and 5 percent cast in favor of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The survey polled more than 616 registered voters in Wisconsin over mobile and landline phones from April 12 to April 15. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percent.

The survey was conducted by Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the Strategic Research Institute at St. Norbert College.

Stay tuned to Wisconsin Public Radio and WPR.org for continuing coverage.

Credits: Jennifer Hadley/Wisconsin Public Television (infographic illustrations).

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