Real-estate magnate Donald Trump’s rise in the polls isn’t showing any signs of slowing down ahead of the first GOP presidential primary debate this week.
A new Monmouth University poll published Monday found Trump not only ahead, but also with a widened lead. He now has more than a two-to-one advantage over his nearest rivals.
“Republican support for Donald Trump just continues to grow with no clear sense of who his constituency really is,” Patrick Murray, director of the poll, said in a statement accompanying the results.
Murray added, “This makes it very difficult for his opponents to figure out how to take him on in the upcoming debate.” The debate, hosted by Fox News, is Thursday, and national poll results will determine which candidates make the cut.
Trump earned support from 26% of Republican voters, according to the poll, compared with roughly 12% for former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and 11% for Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. No other candidate had more than 6%, though with a diverse field of credible candidates, the polling is likely to be volatile in the coming weeks and months.
The Monmouth survey also found that Trump’s once sky-high unpopularity has essentially reversed itself compared with previous months’ surveys.
The pollster’s write-up of the results noted “that GOP voter opinion of Donald Trump continues to improve.”
“It now stands at 52% favourable to 35% unfavorable,” the write-up said. “It was 40% favourable to 41% unfavorable three weeks ago. Before he announced in June, it stood at a significantly negative 20% favourable to 55% unfavorable.”
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