Poll: Clinton would beat Trump in general election

New poll finds that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump 54% to 36% in a hypothetical general election match-up.

Ben Ariel ,

Trump vs. Clinton
Trump vs. Clinton

Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election match-up, a new national survey released on Wednesday found.

According to the Bloomberg Politics poll which was reported on by The Hill, Clinton leads Trump 54 percent to 36 percent in a contest between the two front-runners.

Also troubling for Trump, the poll found that only 29 percent of likely general election voters nationally have a favorable view of him, compared to 68 percent who view him negatively.

Trump’s favorability rating is at an all-time low in the survey, while his negative rating has gone up 13 points since November and hit a new high.

While Clinton is similarly under-water on favorability, noted The Hill, her negative rating is at 53 percent, with 44 percent saying they have positive view of her.

The Republican Party’s favorability rating is at an all-time low in the survey, which has been conducted since 2009.

Only 33 percent view the Republicans favorably, against 60 percent who have a negative view of the party. 51 percent of likely general election voters have a positive view of the Democratic Party, against 43 percent negative.

The survey also found that Trump does worse in a head-to-head match-up against Clinton than either of his two rivals still in the GOP race.

Clinton takes 51 percent support in a head-to-head match-up with Ted Cruz, who takes 42 percent.

Only Ohio Governor John Kasich bests Clinton in a hypothetical match-up, with the survey finding the Ohio governor taking 47 percent compared to 43 percent for Clinton, according to The Hill.

A separate poll released Wednesday by Fox News also gives Clinton an advantage over Trump, but by a smaller margin. She is beating Trump by 11 points, 49 to 38 percent, according to the Fox poll.

The poll comes a day after both Trump and Clinton won their parties' primaries in Arizona.

The victory marks another success for Trump who last week won polls in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri.

Trump's successes have resulted in some concerns among the Republicans, whose bigwigs met last week in order to lay out a plan to derail the frontrunner’s path to the nomination.

According to Politico, the meeting was organized by former Bush administration official Bill Wichterman, conservative activist Erick Erickson, and Bob Fischer, a prominent GOP fundraiser and bundler.

Aside from coordinating efforts to prevent Trump’s nomination, conservative activists and party leaders will also mull an option that was unthinkable just half a year ago: breaking with the Republican Party and launching an independent, third party bid for the White House.