- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2015

Carly Fiorina tops Hillary Rodham Clinton in a head-to-head general election matchup, according to the latest Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday morning that also found the former Hewlett-Packard CEO easily outperformed GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump in last week’s debate.

Still, Mr. Trump continues to lead the Republican pack with 25 percent support, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 17 percent and Ms. Fiorina at 12 percent.

Two Floridians, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, are next with 10 percent and 9 percent support, respectively.

Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, holds a commanding lead in the Democratic primary, with 43 percent support, well ahead of Sen. Bernard Sanders at 25 percent and Vice President Joseph R. Biden at 10 percent.

In the head-to-head match-up, Ms. Fiorina tops Mrs. Clinton 44 percent to 43 percent, which is well within the margin of error, making it a statistical tie.

Mr. Carson is the strongest of the GOP candidates, easily outdistancing Mrs. Clinton 49 percent to 42 percent.

Mr. Biden is the strongest Democratic candidate, topping Ms. Fiorina 46-43, Mr. Bush 46-41 and Mr. Trump 51-40. He runs dead-even with Mr. Carson, however, at 45 percent each.

Both party front-runners are struggling with general election voters, however, who rate both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump “not honest and trustworthy.”

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