NEW NATIONAL POLL REAFFIRMS DONALD TRUMP’S FRONTRUNNER STATUS
|| By FITSNEWS || A new national poll is reaffirming billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump’s status as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination – further evidence of the failure of Fox News and other “Republican” establishment forces to take him out.
According to the new CNN/ ORC poll (.pdf here), Trump has the support of 24 percent of registered “Republican” voters and GOP-leaning registered voters – putting him well ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush (13 percent), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (9 percent), Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (8 percent), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (8 percent) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (6 percent).
Trump is up six percentage points from last month’s CNN/ ORC poll – the biggest gainer in the field – and could do even better in the next survey after GOP voters have had a chance to digest his sweeping immigration reform proposals.
Since June, Trump’s support has doubled.
In addition to national polling, Trump also currently enjoys leads in early-voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In the “First in the South” Palmetto State, Trump is currently outpolling his nearest three rivals (Carson, Bush and Rubio) combined.
While Bush, Carson, Walker, Rubio and Paul all fight for second-tier status, another field of candidates is struggling to break through the five percent threshold.
Three of them – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Ohio governor John Kasich – hit that mark in this survey, placing them ahead of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (4 percent), New Jersey governor Chris Christie (3 percent), former Texas governor Rick Perry and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (1 percent).
Three other candidates – Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, former New York governor George Pataki, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina – failed to hit the one percent threshold.
CNN/ ORC’s poll was conducted between August 13-16. Its GOP presidential results were based on interviews with 283 registered “Republican” voters and 183 independent registered voters who say they lean “Republican.” The margin of error of that survey is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.