Trump is top Republican for president, but still trails Democrats in new Quinnipiac poll

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HAMDEN — Donald Trump is the clear leader for the republican nomination in the race for president, but he still trails the Democratic contenders by wide margins, according to a new poll released Thursday morning by Quinnipiac University.

At 20 percent, Trump has a seven point lead over Scott Walker.

Hillary Clinton is the top Democrat with 55 percent, and Bernie Sanders has 13 percent.

In a general election match up of Clinton versus Trump, Clinton would win 48 — 36, the poll says.

If the election were held today, the poll says, Republican voters would choose:

  • Donald Trump 20%
  • Scott Walker 13%
  • Jeb Bush 10%
  • Ben Carson 6%
  • Rand Paul 6%
  • Marco Rubio 6%
  • Mike Huckabee 6%
  • John Kasich 5%
  • Ted Cruz 5%
  • Chris Christie 3%
  • Bobby Jindal 2%
  • Rick Perry 2%
  • Carly Fiorina 1%
  • Lindsey Graham 1%
  • George Pitaki 1%
  • Rick Santorum 1%
  • 13 percent said they didn’t know or they wouldn’t vote.

If the election were held today, the poll says, Democratic voters would choose:

  • Hillary Clinton 55%
  • Bernie Sanders 17%
  • Joe Biden 13%
  • Martin O’Malley 1%
  • Jim Webb 1%
  • 13 percent said they didn’t know or they wouldn’t vote.

It should be noted that Vice President Biden has not declared interest in running for president.