The American Conservatives have released a new poll that finds a majority believe that Donald Trump is the most conservative candidate in the GOP primary, and one that also shows a majority favor Hillary Clinton over him in a general election matchup.
The poll, released on Wednesday, shows that 51 percent of respondents support a “more conservative” Republican candidate than Trump.
Among the candidates polled are Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker (R).
The poll found that 47 percent would like a candidate who is more “moderate” in tone than Trump, while 44 percent would prefer a candidate that is “conservative enough” to win the nomination but not conservative enough to lose the general election.
The survey also found that 44 percent of voters think that Trump is “too extreme” on social issues, while 43 percent think that he’s “not extreme enough.”
“Trump has been at the center of much of the Republican primary debate and has become a leading force in the national conversation on social and economic issues,” said David Weigel, president of The American Conservatism, in a statement.
“His supporters and supporters of other conservative candidates have taken to social media and are actively calling and emailing their neighbors, colleagues and other Republicans to make clear they’re ready for a different kind of Republican presidential nominee.”
The survey was conducted by The American College Survey from October 12-15, 2016.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The poll was funded by the American Conservative Union and conducted for the American Conservatives Foundation.