A new Bloomberg poll released Tuesday shows that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to defy conventional political wisdom.
If the Bloomberg survey were the sole decider, the candidates on the debate stage would be, in descending order, Trump, Bush, Walker, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, retired surgeon Ben Carson, Christie, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Kasich. The remaining candidates in the historically crowded field have been invited to a forum that will be broadcast earlier Thursday when there are typically fewer viewers, Bloomberg reported.
Breitbart reported that twenty-one percent of registered voters who identify as Republicans now selected Trump as their first choice for president, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at ten percent and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at eight percent.
According to Bloomberg, Trump is leading nearly all categories in the poll, including evangelicals and those with incomes over $100,000. Bush beat him by one point among those defining themselves as moderates.advertisement - story continues below
Huckabee came in fourth at seven percent, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at six percent. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) both came up with five percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Chris Christie, and Gov. John Kasich followed up with about 4 percent.
Former Gov. Rick Perry is near the bottom of the poll along with Sen. Rick Santorum with two percent, while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Carly Fiorina only earned about one percent.
Trump’s political fortunes continue to rise in spite of heavy criticism from the media and even well known conservative political pundits. The political class left him for dead after the media focused heavily on his controversial comments about illegal immigrants and his flippant comment about Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) record as a war hero.
Trump will feature prominently in Thursday’s Fox News debate, the leading top ten candidate that will likely draw heat from some of the moderators and fellow Republican challengers.advertisement - story continues below
The poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. and included 500 U.S. adults who are registered Republicans and those registered as no party who lean Republican. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
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