USA Today Poll ➠ Trump Takes The Lead
In the nationwide survey, Trump leads at 17% and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is second at 14%, the only competitors who reach double digits. Trump’s edge, which is within the poll’s margin of error, is one more sign that his harsh rhetoric about immigration and toward his rivals has struck a chord with some voters.
The bad news for Trump is that the same poll finds he would crash and burn in a head-to-head matchup with the leading Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.
While he leads the GOP field, he fares the worst of seven hopefuls in hypothetical head-to-heads against former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic nominee. Bush, the strongest candidate against Clinton, lags by four points nationwide, 46%-42%. Trump trails by 17 points, 51%-34%.
While candidates such as Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Rand Paul are not exciting the GOP base as much as Trump is right now, all three fare better in a head-to-head matchup compared to Clinton.