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Poll: Kasich, Sanders garner consideration from NC voters in opposing party

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a watch party at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a watch party at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. AP

A new poll from the conservative Civitas Institute took a unique approach to surveying voters about the presidential campaign: Ask voters to choose a candidate from the opposing political party.

Likely Democratic primary voters were asked which GOP candidate “you could you see yourself possibly voting for in November.”

The most popular pick was John Kasich, who got 24 percent to Marco Rubio’s 13 percent. About 47 percent said “none of them” or that they didn’t know, and Donald Trump and Ted Cruz got 8 percent each.

Given that Kasich is the most moderate candidate remaining in the Republican field, those results make sense.

But with a similar question posed to likely Republican primary voters, Democrat Bernie Sanders came out on top with 22 percent – double the 11 percent who picked Hillary Clinton.

GOP voters were less willing to consider voting for the other party, with 67 percent declining to name a candidate they’d consider.

Civitas Institute plans to release additional poll findings on Thursday.

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