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Hillary Clinton would beat Trump, Cruz but would lose to Kasich

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Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in general election match-ups, but would lose to John Kasich, according to a Monmouth University survey released Thursday.

The poll found Clinton would beat Trump by 10 percentage points, 48 to 38 percent, though the race between them would be closer in swing states. The Democratic frontrunner only holds a 5-percentage-point edge in states where the margin of victory in 2012 was less than 7 percentage points.

Clinton would also beat Cruz by 5 percentage points, 45 to 40 percent. Kasich, on the other hand, would defeat Clinton by 6 percentage points, 45 to 39 percent.

A CBS News/New York Times poll released this week also found that Clinton holds a 10-point advantage over Trump in a general election matchup, with a 3-point lead in a head-to-head with Cruz. Kasich, that poll found, would beat her by four points.

More than two-thirds of Ted Cruz supporters said they would vote for Trump in November while 13 percent would vote for Clinton. Among supporters for Kasich, half would be willing to vote for Trump while 19 percent would support Clinton and nearly a quarter would not vote at all.

Among voters who back Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, more than three-quarters said they would vote for Clinton instead of Trump in November, 12 percentage said they would vote for Trump and 7 percent said they would sit out the election.

The poll found 89 percent of Democratic voters support Clinton and nearly three-quarters of GOP voters support Trump for their party nominations.

In a hypothetical three-way race between Clinton, Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson, Clinton would win with 42 percent of the vote, Trump would get 34 percent and Johnson would receive 11 percent.

A poll released on Wednesday found Kasich and Sanders would perform the best in the general election.

The poll surveyed 1,008 adults, 848 of which were registered voters, between March 17 and 20 with a 3.4 percentage point margin of error.

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