Trump builds his lead, Clinton gains in matchups with GOP: Quinnipiac Poll

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Republican Donald Trump solidifies his advantage nationally in the party's presidential race as Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton improves her showing in potential general election matchups, Quinnipiac University poll finds.

  • In contest for GOP nomination, Trump leads with 27%, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio with 17%
    • Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz tied with 16%, Jeb Bush next with 5%, no other contender tops 3%
  • In comparable poll released Nov. 4, Trump and Carson were in virtual tie for first
  • Poll Asst. Director Tim Malloy sums up: "Dr. Ben Carson, moving to center stage just one month ago, now needs some CPR. The doctor sinks. The Donald soars."
  • NOTE: Much of poll taken as reports emerged that Trump had disparaged reporter by making fun of his disability
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  • In Democratic race, Clinton leads Sen. Bernie Sanders 60-30%; month ago, her margin was 18 ppts
  • In general election matchups, she beats Trump 47% to 41% vs. 46%–43% last month
    • Clinton in virtual tie with Rubio, 45% to 44%; last month Rubio led 46%-41%.
    • She beats Cruz 47% to 42%; last month Cruz led 46%-43%
    • She beats Carson 46% to 43%, last month Carson led 50%-40%
  • NOTE: Nov. 23-30 poll of 1,453 registered voters nationwide has error margin of +/-2.6 ppts; figure is +/-3.8 ppts for GOP subset, +/-4.1 ppts for Democratic subset

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton waits before delivering a national security address at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, November 19, 2015 on her strategy for defeating the Islamic State group in the wake of the Paris attacks. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton delivers a national security address at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, November 19, 2015 on her strategy for defeating the Islamic State group in the wake of the Paris attacks. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton delivers a national security address at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, November 19, 2015 on her strategy for defeating the Islamic State group in the wake of the Paris attacks. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton talks with journalist Fareed Zakaria after delivering a national security address at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, November 19, 2015 on her strategy for defeating the Islamic State group in the wake of the Paris attacks. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton takes questions after delivering a national security address at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, November 19, 2015 on her strategy for defeating the Islamic State group in the wake of the Paris attacks. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - NOVEMBER 19: Former United States Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton delivers a speech about Syrian civil war and fighting against terrorism at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, USA on November 19, 2015. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives a speech on her approach to defeating the Islamic State terrorist network in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations on November 19, 2015 in New York City. In the wake of the Paris attacks, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, the Democratic front-runner for president called for more allied planes and more airstrikes on ISIS as well as an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces and trainers working with regional forces (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives a speech on her approach to defeating the Islamic State terrorist network in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations on November 19, 2015 in New York City. In the wake of the Paris attacks, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, the Democratic front-runner for president called for more allied planes and more airstrikes on ISIS as well as an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces and trainers working with regional forces (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks with Fareed Zakaria before a speech on her approach to defeating the Islamic State terrorist network in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations on November 19, 2015 in New York City. In the wake of the Paris attacks, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, the Democratic front-runner for president called for more allied planes and more airstrikes on ISIS as well as an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces and trainers working with regional forces (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with the media following a speech by Clinton on her approach to defeating the Islamic State terrorist network in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations on November 19, 2015 in New York City. In the wake of the Paris attacks, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, the Democratic front-runner for president called for more allied planes and more airstrikes on ISIS as well as an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces and trainers working with regional forces (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with members of the audience following a speech by Clinton on her approach to defeating the Islamic State terrorist network in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations on November 19, 2015 in New York City. In the wake of the Paris attacks, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, the Democratic front-runner for president called for more allied planes and more airstrikes on ISIS as well as an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces and trainers working with regional forces (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with members of the audience following a speech by Clinton on her approach to defeating the Islamic State terrorist network in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations on November 19, 2015 in New York City. In the wake of the Paris attacks, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, the Democratic front-runner for president called for more allied planes and more airstrikes on ISIS as well as an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces and trainers working with regional forces (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio following a speech by Clinton on her approach to defeating the Islamic State terrorist network in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations on November 19, 2015 in New York City. In the wake of the Paris attacks, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, the Democratic front-runner for president called for more allied planes and more airstrikes on ISIS as well as an increase in U.S. Special Operations forces and trainers working with regional forces (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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