Presidential polls 2016: Donald Trump leads GOP, loses to Hillary Clinton in several polls

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The year 2015 is coming to a close and Donald Trump remains to be the top candidate in the GOP presidential race.

A new poll from CNN/ORC released last Dec. 23 shows that Trump is still the top choice of Republican voters, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz placing second but with a huge difference between them. Trump garnered 39 percent support, while Cruz is far behind him with 18 percent.

Trump is constantly number one while his then-constant rival, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, is nowhere trailing him. The results also indicate Cruz's rise to the top taking Carson's place.

Carson, with 10 percent of the Republicans' support, tied with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in third place.

Trump may dominate the GOP race but compared to the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton still takes the lead, making her likely his rival for presidency.

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According to polling data, when it comes to Trump vs. Clinton, more voters would go for the latter.

Still, numbers suggest that the presidential race between two candidates is tight. The same CNN/ORC poll conducted from Dec. 17 to 21 also showed the results for both Clinton and Trump, with Clinton to be most likely voted by 49 percent American primary voters vs. Trump's 47 percent.

Another proof showing how close the fight between Clinton and Trump is can be seen in the more recent telephone survey conducted from Dec. 22 to 23 by Rasmussen Reports.

The results revealed that 37 percent of American voters would likely go for the former Secretary of State, compared to the 36 percent who'll likely go for the real estate mogul, if the 2016 Presidential Elections were to happen at the time of the survey.

With the recent surveys, it appears that Clinton and Trump are the favorite nominees from the Democratic and Republican party, respectively.

A Quinnipiac University survey also revealed how voters feel about their candidates. For Trump, only 23 percent of all U.S. voters expressed that they'll be proud and 50 percent would feel embarrassed if he wins.

In contrast, 33 percent of American voters would be proud to have Clinton as the president, while 35 percent said they would be embarrassed.

 

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