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Donald Trump’s claim that he ‘very easily’ beats Hillary Clinton in polls is completely false

Trump is performing the worst versus Clinton of all the Republican candidates remaining in the race.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Posted on Mar 4, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:27 am CDT

Donald Trump, boasting about his ability to become the next president of the United States at Thursday’s Republican debate, repeatedly claimed that he beats Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton “very, very easily” in many polls.

The claim underlies his argument that his election against Clinton will be “very easy.”

Trump’s claim is false, as made clear by Real Clear Politics’ record of national polls.

Real Clear Politics

Down 3.5 nationally versus Clinton, Trump is performing worse against Clinton than all the Republican candidates remaining in the race. 

The other GOP candidates fare substantially better against the former secretary of state. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is up 1.5 points, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is up 5.0 points, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich won several polls in February as well.

Illustration via Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Mar 4, 2016, 12:45 am CST