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Most Americans think Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president

The majority of Americans think Hillary Clinton is going to win the presidential election in November, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. Assuming Clinton is going up against Donald Trump in the general election, 54 percent of Americans said they'd expect Clinton to win; the poll also reports that among registered voters — who tend to be more Republican-leaning — some 52 percent expect Clinton to win. Clinton is also seen trouncing Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio by larger margins than she's expected to beat Trump.

Bernie Sanders is also expected to perform well against the GOP, although Americans are less certain he could beat Trump. However, the poll saw Americans expecting Sanders to beat Cruz or Rubio in a general election matchup. On the whole, higher educated Americans expect Clinton and Sanders to beat out their GOP opponents.

But while Trump's momentum shows no signs of letting up, ABC News/Washington Post found seven in 10 Americans are "anxious" about the idea of him as president — and that number is far higher with blacks, Hispanics, and women. On the whole, Americans are the least anxious about a Bernie Sanders presidency, with 50 percent of respondents feeling comfortable with that potential outcome.

The poll was conducted between Jan. 21-24 in English and Spanish, with a sampling of 1,001 adults. The margin of error was 3.5 points with a partisan division of 34-23-34 percent Democrats-Republicans-independents.