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Most Republicans Say Kasich, Cruz Ready to Be President, Not Trump

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Most Republicans think Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich have what it takes to be president, but GOP voters are evenly divided over whether the same is true of Donald Trump. Among all voters, however, only Kasich fills the bill.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Kasich is qualified to be president of the United States. But just 40% feel that way about Cruz, and only 27% think Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, is ready for the job.

By comparison, 50% think Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president, and 48% say her rival Bernie Sanders is, too.

Sixty-six percent (66%) say the billionaire businessman is not qualified for the White House, while 43% say the same of Cruz. Thirty percent (30%) say Kasich is not qualified enough. Most voters definitely have opinions about Trump, but 18% and 16% respectively are undecided about Cruz’s and Kasich’s qualifications. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on April 7 and 10, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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