Poll: Rubio, Not Bush, Could Beat Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a news conference to reveal his tax policy at Trump Tower in New York on September 28. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Since July, Donald Trump's been leading the Republican primary polls, garnering between 25 to 30 percent support—not an easy feat with 15 contenders vying for the 2016 GOP nomination—but still short of a majority. As support waivers and contenders drop out, how will Trump fare against more established politicians like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio?

A recent Economist/YouGov poll pitted Trump one-on-one against these competitors, finding that in a Bush vs. Trump matchup, Trump wins 59 to 41 percent, but in a Rubio vs. Trump competition, Rubio wins 53 to 47 percent. Furthermore, when Rubio and Bush are put head-to-head, Rubio wins 69 to 31 percent.

Since Bush and possible Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton entered the ring months ago, the nation's been preparing for a dynastic presidential battle. In fact, the GOP's elite has pumped more than $100 million into Bush's campaign and Super PAC in the first half of the year, Vox reports. But this recent poll indicates that a tale of two dynasties may not be in the nation's future, and a new GOP strategy may be in order.