Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential field again this week, though controversial remarks about Sen. John McCain may have dented his popularity among Republicans, he remains the leader of the pack.
Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican race for the 2016 presidential nomination doesn’t appear damaged by the recent controversy over his criticisms of Arizona Sen. John McCain’s war record last weekend. In fact, although Trump’s favorable ratings among Republicans have declined, and he remains far ahead when Republicans are asked to choose among the 16 currently announced candidates.
According to the poll, 28 percent of registered Republican voters picked Trump as their first choice, meaning Trump has nearly doubled his support in two weeks.
Only 14 percent chose Bush as their first pick, though The Hill notes it’s expected he will win the nomination.
Thirteen percent chose Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson rings in at seven percent, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)at five, Sens. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)at four. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie garnered three percent support each.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry trails at two percent, along with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal earned only 1.2 percent support.
Trump, however has the highest unfavorability rating of all the candidates. His tough talk annoys some voters while attracting other hardcore supporters.
“Florida Senator Marco Rubio is now the best-liked GOP candidate. 63 percent of Republicans view Rubio favorably, and just 17 percent are unfavorable,” writes pollster Kathy Frankovic. “Trump’s 42 percent unfavorable rating from Republicans is the highest negative rating given to a GOP contender from partisans, though it is just about matched by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s 39 percent negative assessment. More Republicans like Trump than like Christie, who gets a 46 percent favorable rating from members of his own party.”