4 February 2016, 23:12 GMT
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Senators Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders are the strongest presidential candidates in 2016 election face-offs, according to a new poll released on Friday.
"Sanders and Rubio are the strongest candidates in general election matchups," a new Quinnipiac University poll stated.
At present, businessman Donald Trump is still leading among Republican presidential candidates nationwide with 31 percent of votes. He is followed by Senator Ted Cruz, who has gained 22 percent of votes, and Rubio, who currently enjoys 19 percent of votes, according to the poll.
3 February 2016, 18:57 GMT
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still ahead of Sanders in the Democratic race, with 44 percent of support against Sanders’s 42 percent, the poll showed. In December, Clinton was leading with 61 percent, as Sanders had only 30 percent of votes.
"Sanders has the highest favorability rating among top candidates, while Trump has the lowest," the poll added.
The 2016 US presidential election will take place in November.