Who would have guessed that back in mid-June when he entered the GOP presidential race, Trump would be in the number one spot in the polls? According to a new CNN/ORC poll, more than any other Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has won his party’s trust on top issues and now stands as the clear leader in the race for the GOP nomination, reports CNN Tuesday.
The poll shows Trump with the support of 24% of Republican registered voters. His nearest competitor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, stands 11 points behind at 13%. Just behind Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 9%, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 8%, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 6%, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former tech CEO Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich all land at 5%, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rounding out the top 10 at 4%.
The biggest gainer in the poll, Trump is up 6 points since July according to the first nationwide CNN/ORC poll since the top candidates debated in Cleveland on Aug 6. His favorability numbers have also improved from 50% to 58% since July. Trump is also leading in Iowa and New Hampshire following rent polling in those two states.
Even though Trump has high favorability among his supporters, there are those Republican voters who aren’t supporting Trump. They are skeptical that he would help the party and feel the party would have a better chance to win in 2016 with someone else at the top of the ticket.
According to Fortune, Trump earlier this week released a detailed position paper of his plans to attack the issue of illegal immigration, calling for the deportation of illegal immigrants and the building of a security fence along the southern border of the U.S., as well as some other ideas. Fortune said that Trump may not be a flash in the pan, as others have stated.
An interesting version of pro and con regarding Trump can be found at the Washington Post. When considering the question of do polls actually mean anything, the “No” answer was at this stage of the game, polls don’t matter. Rep. Michele Bachmann was leading in Iowa in August 2011, not Mitt Romney. WP believes Trump’s lead is no more than a creation of an overcrowded GOP field in which the entry for being the leader is attainable even to someone like Trump. On the other hand, they say that polls like these give us a better picture of how the race is shaping up and allow us to track winners and losers over time. WP says,
Right now, Trump is a pretty consistent winner among one of the strongest GOP presidential fields in recent memory. And it’s hard to call the guy a fluke when he’s been leading for more than a month.
In a lively interview with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Trump displays more of that plucky personality that has won over a large number of Americans.
I’m a counter-puncher,” he said. “I can’t hit people who don’t hit me. Maybe that’s my weakness. Perry started it. Lindsey Graham started it. This moron Rand Paul just started it because he is mired in 12th place and he’s a U.S. senator.
Because Trump tends to speak without filtering his words, he often finds himself on the wrong side of critics. A lot of concern has been shown over whether he has the self-control to interact to with world leaders in a presidential manner. Dowd asked him about his tweets and what if he fires off a nuclear tweet at Vladimir Putin insulting his pecs or Kim Jong-un calling him a “fat little slob”? “I’ll only do it for a purpose,” he said. “I have total control. I will get along great with these people. I’m a deal-maker. I’m the best deal-maker there is.”
Love him or hate him, Trump appears to be in this for the long haul. Much to the dismay of his haters and detractors, Trump swats off attacks like he would pesky flies. They don’t bother him a bit. His number prove it.