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

Elon-Poll-2-22b [1]The 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 [2].