30 July 2015

Trump Still Leads In Presidential Surveys

Trumping the Surveys
After all the bashing and negative publicity that left-leaning media networks (i.e. The Huffington Posts and Yahoo!) throw at him, his popularity is still surging. And now, among the candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, GOP voters want to see more of Donald Trump.

According to the results of a new CNN/ORC national survey released last 26 July, 52 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents want Trump to stay in the race, while 33 percent would like to see the outspoken real estate mogul drop out.

Overall, Trump sits at the top of the GOP pack, with 18 percent support among Republican voters, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (15 percent) second and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (10 percent) third.

What’s more, 22 percent of Republican voters believe Trump will ultimately win the 2016 GOP nomination — putting Trump second only to Bush (31 percent) and ahead of Walker (16 percent). Overall, 40 percent of Americans believe Bush will grab the Republican nomination, while 18 percent say the former "Celebrity Apprentice" host will win.

The poll found Trump is the Republican candidate GOP voters want to see most on the debate stage (18 percent), followed by Bush (14 percent).

The 22-25 July survey was conducted after Trump stirred outrage by questioning Arizona Sen. John McCain’s war-hero status — a signal that his controversial comments did not hurt his candidacy as much as some predicted they might.

The CNN/ORC poll also found that 15 percent want Trump to run as a third-party candidate, something the billionaire businessman has threatened to do if the Republican National Committee, which has urged Trump to tone down his rhetoric, does not treat him fairly.