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.
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.
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