Elon Poll: Trump easily tops GOP rivals, but not Clinton or Sanders

Elon-Poll-2-22bThe latest polling data shows solid support in North Carolina for Donald Trump with less than a month to go before the March 15th primary.

The Elon University poll finds Republican registered voters and Independents who describe themselves as leaning Republican favor Trump over all other candidates vying to be the GOP’s presidential nominee.

The real estate mogul was favored by 28% of those voters surveyed, compared to 19% for Ted Cruz, 16% for Marco Rubio, and 10% for Ben Carson.

However in a hypothetical match-up with Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, Trump does not come out on top. Here’s how those head-to-head numbers break out:

Trump v. Clinton
Donald Trump: 41 percent
Hillary Clinton: 47 percent
Neither/Someone Else: 9 percent
Don’t Know: 4 percent

Trump v. Sanders:
Donald Trump: 40 percent
Bernie Sanders: 48 percent
Neither/Someone Else: 8 percent
Don’t Know: 4 percent

Cruz v. Clinton
Ted Cruz: 46 percent
Hillary Clinton: 46 percent
Neither/Someone Else: 5 percent
Don’t Know: 4 percent

Cruz v. Sanders
Ted Cruz: 43 percent
Bernie Sanders: 47 percent
Neither/Someone Else: 6 percent
Don’t Know: 4 percent

Rubio v. Clinton
Marco Rubio: 48 percent
Hillary Clinton: 45 percent
Neither/Someone Else: 3 percent
Don’t Know: 4 percent

Rubio v. Sanders
Marco Rubio: 46 percent
Bernie Sanders: 43 percent
Neither/Someone Else: 5 percent

In the race for governor, the Elon Poll finds Attorney General Roy Cooper edges out Governor Pat McCrory by 2 points (42% to 40%). Still that race is too close to call, with nearly 16 percent of voters still undecided about who they would vote for.

The Elon University Poll surveyed 1,530 likely North Carolina voters between Feb. 15th and 19th and has a margin of error of 2.51 percentage points.  You can read the full questions and view the crosstabs here.


  1. Alex

    February 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

    It is a sad commentary on this country when folks are swayed by how much “free stuff” the Democrats can offer in return for votes.

  2. David Esmay

    February 23, 2016 at 9:52 am

    It’s a sad comment on this country when the potential GOP nominees are Trump, Cruz, and Rubio. They have scraped the bottom of their ideological crucible and presented three sociopathic, misogynistic, xenophobes.

  3. Alex

    February 23, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Why is it that Mr.Esmay always likes to make insults and call people names instead of sticking to the issues that were brought up ? Many people do that as a child , but then outgrow it in later years.

  4. Alan

    February 23, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Why is it that ALEC likes to post childlike nonsense of “free stuff”? David was spot on in his comment about how sad it is that the GOP have devolved to a party of bigots, racists, homophobes, etc. etc. etc. That simple fact that a carnival barking circus clown is leading their pack is a sad indictment of the current GOP, both a national & international embarrassment, a modern day Whig Party.

    ALEC, if you’re really so concerned about “free stuff”, which I think we all know you aren’t, then perhaps you should be complaining about all the corporate welfare the GOP is all too happy to support? Perhaps then, people will pay attention to what you have to say?

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