The latest Monmouth University Poll finds Donald Trump building a commanding national lead in the race for the Republican nomination. Ted Cruz is slightly ahead of Ben
Carson and Marco Rubio in the second tier, while all other candidates poll well below 5 percent. The poll also finds, however, that Republican voters other than Trump or Cruz supporters feel the frontrunner does not have the right temperament to be president.
When Republicans and Republican-leaning voters are asked who they would support for the GOP nomination for president, Donald Trump leads the pack at 41%. Ted Cruz (14%), Marco Rubio (10%), and Ben Carson (9%) are far behind. All of the other ten candidates tested poll in the low single digits,
including Jeb Bush (3%), John Kasich (3%), Chris Christie (2%), Carly Fiorina (2%), Mike Huckabee (2%), and Rand Paul (2%). All but Huckabee have been invited to the main stage for tomorrow’s debate.
Not really sure how one qualifies “Republican-leaning” but, hey, we’re still obsessed with polls, right?
As we get closer to the time when people actually leave their telephones and cast votes (or whatever it is they do in Iowa), Trump’s big fade in the polls isn’t happening the way many had hoped. The anti-Trump crowd can take comfort in the fact that polling has been rather, shall we say…inexact, in recent elections.
Still, his lead is growing, not holding steady or shrinking. The only thing holding steady here is Jeb Bush’s oblivion, but that’s OK, because The Entitled One has his seventieth comeback plan of this primary cycle ready to roll.
Trump’s response to this poll will be interesting. He perpetually whines about anything that doesn’t kiss his you-know-what, and Monmouth’s recent Iowa poll made him rain down derision on it and dismiss Monmouth as a non-entity.
This one should make little Donny bring his ball back to the playground.