Carson, other GOP candidates top Clinton in latest national poll Hillary tries to position herself between voters and Sanders A new national poll shows nearly every major Republican candidate beating Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general election -- and shows Ben Carson leading by a resounding 10-point margin. The Quinnipiac University Poll was taken after last week's GOP presidential debate. In head-to-head match-ups with leading GOP candidates, Clinton only edges out Donald Trump. But the survey showed Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who has been trading the lead with Trump in GOP primary polls, with a 50-40 percent lead over the Democratic front-runner. According to Quinnipiac, Clinton's lead among women "evaporates" when she's pitted against Carson. Women break for him over Clinton, 45-44 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also beats Clinton, 46-41 percent; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz beats her 46-43 percent; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie beats her 46-41 percent. Clinton still leads Trump, 46-43 percent. Clinton appears to be hurt in part by her public image, with the poll showing 52 percent have a negative view of her, versus 42 percent with a favorable view. "[A]t the moment Dr. Ben Carson is delivering a troubling diagnosis to Secretary Hillary Clinton," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. "Clinton gets crushed on character issues, pounded by Carson and closely challenged by Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio." The poll also shows more voters have a negative than positive view of Trump, as well as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. As for Quinnipiac's primary polling, it shows the races in a similar state. Clinton easily beats Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side. And on the GOP side, Trump narrowly edges Carson, 24-23 percent. Rubio and Cruz clock in next at 14 and 13 percent, respectively. The poll of 1,144 registered voters was taken Oct. 29-Nov. 2. It had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.