Sanders the strongest general candidate on both sides

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A new head-to-head poll shows Bernie Sanders leading all Republicans in a hypothetical general election scenario.

The Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday morning shows Sanders leading every Republican candidate in a general election match-up, while Clinton trails both John Kasich and Marco Rubio.

“American voters feel the Bern in November match-ups,” the university said in its press release.

Against Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, the poll shows Sanders with a 10 point lead. He leads Kasich by four points, and Marco Rubio and Donald Trump by six points.

The news isn’t as good for Hillary Clinton, who polls much closer to the Republican candidates. The poll showed her trailing John Kasich, and Marco Rubio by eight and seven points respectively.

“It’s certainly Sen. Bernie Sanders’ moment. The Vermont firebrand leads all potential GOP rivals in raw numbers and raw emotion with the best scores for favorability and several key character traits,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“The candidate running best against Sanders is Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and he’s in fourth place with 6 percent in the Republican presidential pack, unlikely to make it to the main event.”

“Sanders has a lackluster 51 percent favorability rating, but that’s better than all the rest. Most of the top candidates have negative scores,” he said.

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