When Donald Trump declared his candidacy, not being a politician, he went for subjects close to everyday Americans hearts. GOP candidates and the media went after him. Now 4.5 months later, he’s still on top of the polls after everything has been thrown at him and his numbers have increased.
Trump is once again alone at the top of the Republican field of presidential candidates. In a new CNN/ORC poll, 36% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents support him.
His nearest competitor, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, trails by 20 points. Dr. Ben Carson is in third place, followed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio. All other candidates garnered less than 5% of the GOP vote for the Republican party’s nomination for president.
There’s a lot of salt coming from GOP establishment tears. It’s hopeful that GOP voters have finally decided to NOT just vote for someone with an (R) after their name, and continue to believe the BS coming from the Washington establishment.
If Trump gets the nomination, I’d bet good money he’ll win the general election handily.
According to CNN, the rest of the field shapes up like this:
Three candidates cluster behind Trump in the mid-teens, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 16%, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 14% and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 12%. All other candidates have the support of less than 5% of GOP voters in the race for the Republican Party’s nomination for president.
Carson (down 8 points since October), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (down 5 points to 3%) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (down 4 points to 1%) have lost the most ground since the last CNN/ORC poll, conducted in mid-October.
Cruz (up 12 points) and Trump (up 9 points) are the greatest beneficiaries of those declines. Rubio is also up slightly, gaining 4 points — an increase within the poll’s margin of sampling error — since the last CNN/ORC poll.
Reuters also had a poll just a couple of days ago that almost mirrored the CNN poll
What do you think the GOP establishment has to say about this? Could he really win this thing? Iowa caucuses begin in February. It’s going to be mind-blowing if the other candidates don’t wake up. What are your thoughts?
h/t – Quinnipiac