If you watched last week’s debate, Carly Fiorina’s dramatic rise in the polls comes as no surprise. Whether or not she’s your t0p pick for 2016, there’s no question her debate performance was one of the strongest — if not the strongest — among the other 10 candidates on stage.
Indeed, the new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning shows Ms. Fiorina clearly beat GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in the debate — by 4 to 1 — though she still trails both Trump and Ben Carson in the race for the GOP nomination.
But going head-to-head against Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the general election, Carly Fiorina now beats Hillary Clinton, as does GOP candidate Ben Carson — by an even larger margin. Meanwhile, however, Hillary Clinton tops GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in a general election matchup.
As The Washington Times reports:
Carly Fiorina tops Hillary Rodham Clinton in a head-to-head general election matchup, according to the latest Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday morning that also found the former Hewlett-Packard CEO easily outperformed GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump in last week’s debate.
Still, Mr. Trump continues to lead the Republican pack with 25 percent support, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 17 percent and Ms. Fiorina at 12 percent.
Two Floridians, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, are next with 10 percent and 9 percent support, respectively.
Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, holds a commanding lead in the Democratic primary, with 43 percent support, well ahead of Sen. Bernard Sanders at 25 percent and Vice President Joseph R. Biden at 10 percent.
In the head-to-head match-up, Ms. Fiorina tops Mrs. Clinton 44 percent to 43 percent, which is well within the margin of error, making it a statistical tie.
Mr. Carson is the strongest of the GOP candidates, easily outdistancing Mrs. Clinton 49 percent to 42 percent.
Meanwhile, GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump is bested by Mrs. Clinton 45 percent to Trump’s 43 percent. As the Quinnipiac University polls notes, when it comes to general election matchups, Trump is hindered by a large percentage of voters who ‘would definitely not support’ him:
“But when the number of Republicans who ‘would definitely not support you’ is greater than the number who support you, where does that leave you? Welcome to Trump World, comparing his fragile support from his own party to Hillary Clinton’s sagging but still stronger support from her party.”
Speaking of general election matchups, today’s polls reinforces what we’ve been predicting for some time here: a run by Vice President Joe Biden is something the GOP should not take lightly. Interesting to note, though, that the Democrat frontrunner is someone who’s not even running — perhaps an indication that Democrat voters aren’t too thrilled with their current pool? (And you can’t blame them, of course.)
Mr. Biden is the strongest Democratic candidate, topping Ms. Fiorina 46-43, Mr. Bush 46-41 and Mr. Trump 51-40. He runs dead-even with Mr. Carson, however, at 45 percent each.
Check out the entire poll here.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]