Shock Poll: Cruz Beating Trump in Key Voting Blocks

NBC Wall St. Journal Poll

While moderate establishment figures are now embracing Donald Trump more than Ted Cruz as someone they can bring around to their way of thinking, a new poll out by the Wall Street Journal and NBC (two mainstream media companies) show numbers that are likely to disappoint Trump’s followers.

Surveying various types of voters, a certain percentage of which a Republican candidate must win in the general election, the poll asked whether voters had a favorable versus unfavorable view of Cruz and Trump. The results were:

Cruz               Trump

African-Americans     -20                  -72

Latinos                          -11                    -47

Women                          -1                     -36

Independents              -22                   -26

Suburban Voters          -4                   -24

While African-Americans have voted in overwhelming numbers for Democrats in general elections since 1964, Latinos are seen as a Democrat-leaning swing demographic. Women also tend to vote more Democrat, though winning Republicans typically narrow this so-called “gender gap” to a manageable number. Self-described independents have long been regarded as a quintessential swing voter block.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted January 9–13, 2016. It has a statistical margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

Ken Klukowski is legal editor for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.


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