Poll: Trump Hits forty % support, But Cruz Runs Near Behind

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:45 AM

Ted Cruz for dominance, a new NBC News/Wall Str Journal poll shows. Trump gets the support of forty % of Republican primary voters, while TX Sen.

Poll: Trump Hits forty % support, But Cruz Runs Near Behind

Donald Trump has extended his support in the two thousand sixteen presidential race among Republican primary voters to a record forty % as the field has narrowed, but he's still locked in a tight battle with TX Sen. Ted Cruz for dominance, a new NBC News/Wall Str Journal poll shows.

Trump gets the support of forty % of Republican primary voters, while TX Sen. Ted Cruz gets thirty-five percent. OH Gov. John Kasich, in third place, has the support of twenty-four % of GOP primary voters.

The edge of mistake for Republican primary voters in the poll is +/- 5.6 percent.

In March, Trump led Cruz by three points, thirty % to twenty-seven percent, with Kasich garnering twenty-two percent. In February - when Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson were still in the presidential hunt -- Cruz held a slight advantage over Trump, twenty-eight % to twenty-six percent.

Trump outperforms Cruz most decisively among Republicans who don't have a college education (forty-five % to thirty-eight percent) and men (forty-two % to thirty-five percent). Cruz thrives among very conservative voters (fifty-two % to Trump's forty percent), while Kasich leads among Republicans who characterize themselves as moderate or liberal (forty-four % to Trump's thirty-three % and Cruz's twenty-three percent).

Among Republican primary voters, both Cruz and Kasich are viewed as more broadly acceptable than Trump.

Sixty-three % declare they can look themselves supporting Cruz, with thirty-five % disagreeing. For Kasich, sixty-one % can imagine backing the OH governor, while thirty-three % cannot.

For Trump, the GOP frontrunner, sixty-one % of Republican primary voters declare they can look themselves backing him, while thirty-eight % disagree.

With more primary contests to arrive in the spring and early summer - but with persistent questions about whether Trump can reach the 1.237 delegates required to clinch the Republican nomination outright - a majority of Republicans declare that he should still get the nod if he'south the GOP candidate with the most votes after the primary season concludes.

According to the poll, sixty-two % of Republican primary voters declare that the winner of the Republican nomination should be the candidate who received the most votes in the primary, while thirty-three % declare the nominee should be the candidate whom the delegates at the conference believe would be the best party standard-bearer.

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