Clinton polling close or behind GOP candidates in Colorado, Iowa, Virginia

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HAMDEN – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is behind or in a dead heat in polling with three leading Republican contenders, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Wednesday.

The poll also found Donald Trump’s favorablity ratings to be the worst in the field of contenders, 2 to 1 in each state: 31 – 58 % in Colorado, 32 – 57 % in Iowa and 32 – 61 % in Virginia.

The  poll found Clinton’s negative favorability ratings to be close to Trump’s: 35 – 56 % in Colorado, 33 – 56% in Iowa and 41 – 50% in Virginia.

The poll is focused on key states in the presidential election.

Matchups in each state show:

Clinton polled behind Rubio in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia by as much as 8 points and as little as 2 points.

She polled behind Bush from 3 to 6 points.

She was behind Walker from 3 to 9 points.

Biden trailed Rubio by as many as 14 points, Bush by as many as 9 points, and Walker by as many as 11 points.

Sanders trailed Rubio by as many as 11 points, Bush by as many as 10 points, and Walker by 8 points in the three states.

To see the full results, go here.

The poll found Democratic contender, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, ran as well as, or better than Clinton against Rubio, Bush and Walker. Vice President Joseph Biden does not fare as well.

In an April 9 Quinnipiac University poll, Clinton was clearly ahead in five of the matchups and too-close-to-call in the other four. “One other key takeaway is that Vice President Joseph Biden, who is considering a 2016 run, does better than Clinton on honesty and on caring about voter needs, always a key Democratic strong point,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Donald Trump stands out for the wrong reason among the 17 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination: His large negative favorability rating means his growth potential is not as attractive as his competitors.”

“Against three Republicans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Secretary Clinton trails in six matchups and is on the down side of too-close-to call in three,” Brown added.