GOP’s Ryan Loses to Clinton, Sanders

by Rasmussen Reports  |  published on April 7, 2016

Some top Republicans see House Speaker Paul Ryan as the party’s savior if they can just make him the GOP presidential nominee. But Ryan loses to both major Democratic candidates in head-to-head matchups, with roughly a quarter of Republicans looking somewhere else.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Hillary Clinton tops Ryan 40% to 34% among Likely U.S. Voters, but a sizable 22% prefer some other candidate given that matchup.(To see survey question wording, click here.)

Similarly, Senator Bernie Sanders posts a 41% to 34% win over Ryan, but 20% like another candidate. Five percent (5%) are undecided in both cases.

A closer look at the numbers, however, suggests the danger to Republicans of a brokered convention that denies Donald Trump or Ted Cruz the nomination. Ryan earns GOP support only in the high 50s against both Democrats. If Ryan is the GOP’s choice to run against Clinton, 28% of Republicans opt for someone else. If Sanders is Ryan’s opponent, 24% of GOP voters like another candidate.

Twenty-four percent (24%) of GOP voters said last month that they are Very Likely to vote for Trump if he runs as a third-party presidential candidate.

  • Ramon1710 .

    “Some top Republicans see House Speaker Paul Ryan as the party’s savior”.
    Obviously, the “Republicans” mentioned are experts on losing, like Karl “Bad Dog” Rover. Obviously, people who learned nothing from the RINO losses of McCain and Romney. Obviously, people who’d rather have a career criminal or another communist in office, rather than upset the status quo.
    Only Cruz or Trump would save the election. Either one could beat Lady MacBeth and the senile would-be Robin Hood.

  • Larry E. Smrekar

    Ryan is as useless teats on a boar hog. Romney picked, because they were separated at birth. They are both ONE WORLD ORDER slugs.

  • armydadtexas

    Ryan is a loser to the American voter. A non starter

  • Phyllis

    I know people in many states,different levels of education, different ages, different careers, etc, all said they would vote for Trump on an independent ticket, by the way, some were democrats. However, people say a lot things until they go into the voting booth. Ryan betrayed the people where Iran is concerned and he is too closely aligned with Romney, a man the American people couldn’t stand..twice, for varied reasons, a man whose ego and church training obligates him to reject people if they don’t agree with him.

  • gf

    If the RNC, nominates Ryan, it is all over. The DNC’s wet dream, if you will.

  • Evan

    For Paul Ryan! He is another obama boy!

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