WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) performs better against Republican candidates nationally in hypothetical 2016 Presidential match-ups than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday.
Sanders leads all GOP contenders, with Ohio Governor John Kasich being the closest potential challenger at 41-45 percent.
Clinton either ties with or is surpassed by all Republican candidates. She performs best against real estate mogul Donald Trump, hitting a virtual tie with Clinton at 44 percent and Trump at 43 percent.
In a match-up between Sanders and Trump or Cruz with former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg in the race, Sanders does considerably less well.
Without Bloomberg, Sanders leads Trump and Cruz by 48-42 percent and 49 to 39 percent respectively.
If Bloomberg was to enter, Sanders leads Cruz by a thinner 39-33 percent margin, with 14 percent going for Bloomberg. Sanders and Trump would tie at 38 percent, with 12 percent opting for the former mayor.
The poll was conducted among 1,342 respondents nationwide between February 10th and 15th.