Quinnipiac Poll: Sanders closes in on Clinton, Trump still leading the pack

A new national poll shows Republicans continue to back Donald Trump for a White House bid but believe Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has the best shot of beating a Democratic candidate in the general election.

Trump leads the GOP pack with 31 percent, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 22 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 19 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University National poll released Friday.

In a Democratic match-up, Hillary Clinton edged out Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – 44 percent to 42 percent. Clinton led the same poll by 61-30 percent in December.

“Democrats nationwide are feeling the Bern as Sen. Bernie Sanders closes a 31-point gap to tie Secretary Hillary Clinton,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said.

The poll found that the strongest candidates to go head-to-head in a general election match-up would be Sanders and Rubio.