Cruz’s 4.8 percent lead expands dramatically if Kasich drops out
Ted Cruz holds a modest lead over Donald Trump in Wisconsin two weeks before that state’s winner-take-all Republican primary, according to a new Washington Free Beacon poll.
The Basswood Research survey of 500 likely Republican primary voters, conducted on March 19 and 20, shows the Texas senator leading Trump by 4.8 points, 36.2 to 31.4. Ohio Gov. John Kasich trails with 20.8.
Cruz’s lead expands dramatically in a head-to-head contest with Trump. If Kasich were to drop out before the primary, 47.8 percent of respondents say they would back Cruz, compared to just 36.2 percent for Trump.
According to the Free Beacon poll, which had a margin of error of 4.4 percent, likely primary voters have a far less favorable view of Trump than his two rivals. Trump’s net favorable rating is +9.8, compared to +35.4 for Cruz and +41.2 for Kasich.
Survey respondents also expressed concerns with Trump’s policy positions and campaign style.
Nearly 60 percent of respondents agreed that Trump “does not have the right temperament to be president.” Forty-two percent strongly agreed. More than 61 percent said he “holds numerous liberal positions.”
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