Businessman and TV personality Donald Trump tops the latest Suffolk University/USA Today poll of the Republican presidential primary. Trump has 17 percent support among likely GOP primary voters nationwide, edging out former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 14 percent. The remaining candidates earn support in the single digits.
But while Trump currently reigns in the primary, he would lose double-digits against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In a head-to-head match-up, Clinton would beat Trump 51 percent to 34 percent, according to the poll.
"Clinton was not as strong in matchups against other Republicans," according to the Suffolk press release. "Bush was her closest rival in a matchup that included all voters polled, trailing the former New York senator by a 4 percent margin, 46 percent to 42 percent, with 13 percent undecided. Clinton led all GOP contenders but polled below 50 percent against the top six, with the exception of Trump."
Suffolk also found that among voters of all parties, Trump had the highest negative ratings of all the candidates. But, as the Washington Post's Rebecca Sinderbrand points out, Trump's support far outweighs several other GOP candidates:
Suffolk U/USAT poll: Trump's support > than Paul, Huckabee, Christie, Perry, Santorum, Jindal, Fiorina, Kasich, Graham & Pataki's...combined— Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) July 14, 2015
Read more about the poll here.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Bush still had a 6.2-point lead, though that advantage has been shrinking since Trump entered the race last month.