Trump, Clinton seen as decisive leaders
Hillary Clinton stands out from the field as the presidential candidate viewed as most able to win a general election, with 78 per cent of Americans thinking she could win if nominated, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Donald Trump came in second, with 55 per cent thinking of him as a possible general election winner.
No other candidate was seen as able to win a general election by more than 45 per cent of all Americans.
But regardless of who wins the nominations, candidates will have a long way to go to win a favourable opinion from a majority of voters.
The poll was taken before Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Eight in 10 Republican registered voters called Trump very or somewhat decisive, while more than six in 10 called him very or somewhat competent.
On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Clinton was viewed favourably by 80 per cent of Democratic registered voters and unfavourably by just 14 per cent.
Bernie Sanders was viewed favourably by 54 per cent of Democratic voters and unfavourably by 21 per cent, with 24 per cent saying they still don't know enough about him.
Clinton was viewed as decisive and competent by more than three-quarters of Democratic voters, and as compassionate and likable by two-thirds, topping Sanders on those measures. About six in 10 called each of the top two Democratic candidates honest.