Billionaire GOP primary candidate Donald Trump is now leading the Republican field in the latest national poll from The Economist/YouGov.
Trump is four points ahead of both former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who are tied for second place. The poll was taken July 4-6 of 1,000 registered voters.
- Donald Trump: 15 percent
- Jeb Bush: 11 percent
- Rand Paul: 11 percent
- Scott Walker: 9 percent
- Marco Rubio: 9 percent
- Mike Huckabee: 9 percent
- Ben Carson: 7 percent
- Chris Christie: 6 percent
- Ted Cruz: 4 percent
- Carly Fiorina: 3 percent
- Rick Perry: 2 percent
- Rick Santorum: 2 percent
- John Kasich: 2 percent
- Lindsey Graham: 1 percent
- George Pataki: 0 percent
In addition, 12 percent of registered voters said that Trump is their second-choice pick. When the two numbers are combined, that means one-in-four Republican voters see real estate mogul as either their first or second choice. Hard to argue with that, no matter what the mainstream media is trying to spin about his candidacy.
Seems Trump’s recent comments on immigration may be hitting a nerve. Two-thirds of those who said Trump was either their first or second choice also said that they are tea party supporters, and several of his supporters identified as “very conservative”.
Trump’s favorable rating has continually increased in recent weeks. In mid-June, 38 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of the reality TV star. That number has since jumped 11 percentage points, with 49 percent of GOP voters now saying they view him favorably.
However, many Republicans don’t think Trump will actually win the nomination… or is that just what the GOP establishment is trying to sell them?
Right now, only 7 percent of registered Republican voters think Trump will be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2016. Twenty-nine percent said it will be Bush, 12 percent expect Paul to win the nomination, and Rubio and Walker are tied with 8 percentage points. But Trump has said, he is not used to losing!
These new number come out just as Trump heads to Los Angeles.
Trump is also leading the GOP field in North Carolina, according a new poll by the Public Policy Polling group.