Expert: Polls wrong … Trump can beat Hillary, Sanders

Friday, February 26, 2016
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Donald Trump mean decisiveA Republican strategist and former staffer under the Ronald Reagan administration is not taking much stock with polls that show Donald Trump losing to both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in possible head-to-head general election matchups this fall.

Despite the projections, political expert Tom Pauken advises Americans not to take much stock in recent polls that indicate Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cannot beat his potential Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the upcoming November election.

Even though the controversial billionaire candidate is the GOP frontrunner by a wide margin in many polls and three of the four Republican primaries so far, Trump loses to the former first lady, Hillary Clinton, by 2.6 percent — in a Real Clear Politics (RCP) average of head-to-head polls against the Democratic frontrunner.

However, Pauken, who served on Ronald Reagan's White House staff and later became chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, says that he doesn't agree with those who don't think Trump can beat her.

"I know it's a high-risk situation with regard to him being the nominee,” Pauken concedes. “But I don't underestimate his ability to win a general election against Hillary Clinton — if he were the nominee."

In an RCP average against Bernie Sanders, Trump loses to the self-proclaimed socialist by an average of 6 points — a margin that is nearly four points higher than the former secretary of state has against the GOP leader.

Pauken believes voters do not understand how far to the Left Sanders really is. 

"He and his first wife honeymooned in the Soviet Union,” the conservative from Texas points out. “He's pro-communist Cuba. He's pro-Sandinistas in Nicaragua.”

After noting the many hard-Left stances Sanders takes that allegedly jeopardize the economic security — and national security — of the United States, Pauken argues that electing Sanders into the White House would be a disaster for America.

“The guy is absolutely terrible and he's not being held accountable,” the 72-year-old lifetime Republican contends. “If anything, Hillary is trying to prove she's as Left-wing as Sanders.”

Despite the relatively good showing Sanders has had so far in early presidential primaries and national polls, Pauken is quite positive that if voters still seriously consider the socialist candidate in November, his number of supporters will have substantially diminished.

“In a general election it will be very different,” the Texan argues. “And I think he's a very scary candidate."  

Furthermore, Pauken does not believe that voters should base their decisions on who they think should be the next president on results provided by pollsters.  

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What factor in the 'Brexit' vote most closely aligns with the concerns expressed by Donald Trump?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Certainty Obama once had about Britain has been shattered
Latest: Death toll from WV flood up to 24
Reports: Authorities feared terrorism, explosives at Pulse
Latest: Portugal beats Croatia 1-0 in extra time
Indianapolis Colts owner buys Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar
Behind the support for Brexit, Trump: Economic resentment
Obama loses reliable partner, faces uncertainty after Brexit

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Bill Maher on Brexit: Is it really xenophobia if there's something to fear?
George Will: I'm leaving GOP because of Trump
Brexit remorse? UK lawmaker calls for Parliament to ignore EU referendum as millions call for 2nd vote
'Gay marriage' ruling 'like a shot of heroin in the leftist vein'
Lawsuit seeks to unbind RNC delegates from backing Trump

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Jeffress on Trump: Evangelicals desire electability

Pastor Jeffress with Donald TrumpA high-profile Southern Baptist pastor says evangelicals "by the droves" are flocking to support billionaire Donald Trump because polls indicate there's not much support nationally for a born-again Christian to be elected – and electability, says the pastor, should now take center stage.