HAMDEN, Conn. (WWLP) – Donald Trump remains in the lead for the Republican presidential nomination, but a new poll says that half of the country’s voters would be embarrassed to have him as their president. The Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning says that Trump leads the Republican race among voters nationwide, with a four-point lead over a surging Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. That is a much smaller lead than in other recent nationwide polls, which have shown Trump ahead of Cruz and others by double digits. In third place is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, with 12%.
According to the Quinnipiac poll, 50% of American voters would view a Trump presidency as an embarrassment, compared with 35% of Americans who would be embarrassed to have Democrat Hillary Clinton as president. Twenty-three percent of voters said they would be proud to have Trump as president, compared with 33% who would be proud to see Clinton elected.
In head-to-head matchups, Clinton leads Trump by the slightest of margins, 44%-43%, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders would easily defeat him 50%-38%. The other leading Republican candidates do about the same against Clinton: (Clinton 44% Rubio 43%, Clinton 44% Cruz 44%), but both Cruz and Rubio do much better than Trump against Sanders: (Rubio 45% Sanders 42%, Cruz 44% Sanders 43%).
The Quinnipiac poll also found 28% of Republicans would definitely not support Trump if he were to be the Republican nominee. The only other candidate with such high unfavorable ratings in his own party is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whom 24% of Republicans would not vote for in the general election. Bush trails badly in the nationwide poll, drawing the support of only 4% of voters nationwide.