A Fox News poll a day earlier had Trump at 25 percent and Carson in second with 12 percent.
However, now that he has declared his candidacy for president, after flirting with one in 2012, it is galling to see him rise in the polls presumably due to his telling it like it is, which a lot of people find refreshing, punctuating his hyperbole with cheap insults hurled at anyone who challenges him. If their preferred candidate drops out, will they become Trump supporters? A media mob gathered outside the New York State Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan on Monday as he reported for jury duty.
He also has the national name recognition that others have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obtain.
There is also an education divide in Trump’s support, with those Republican voters who lack college degrees more apt to back Trump than college graduates: 28% among the non-college graduate group vs. 16% among those who have graduated from college.
Republicans may have needed an “electable” candidate to beat the formidable political talent of Barack Obama, but to take on Hillary Clinton, maybe they think an out-there reality TV star and tabloid fixture could actually do the trick. Even more surprising to some is that Trump is doing especially well among women.
She said what Trump offers as a candidate is “far more important” that what he says about women.
WASHINGTON – Now that federal investigators have Hillary Rodham Clinton’s homebrew email server, they could examine files on her machine that would be more revelatory than the emails themselves.
In the same poll last month, Clinton picked up 56 percent to Sanders’ 19 percent, another indication that the “drip, drip, drip” of the email scandal is taking a toll on her presidential campaign. And on the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders is starting to present a danger to Clinton, analysts said.
Clinton still holds the cards overall in the race for the White House, leading four Republican contenders: She tops Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by 6 points each among registered voters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 9 points, and businesswoman Carly Fiorina by 10 points.
Clinton has been hounded by reporters about the email controversy and Republicans have been eager to join in, demanding that she deal directly with the issue and not cast it as a “partisan distraction”, as she often does on the campaign trail.
Wednesday’s polling results follow rumors that Biden is seriously considering entering the 2016 presidential race. Biden reportedly is considering the idea and could decide within a matter of weeks. Clinton was seen as a virtual lock as the Democratic nominee and a favorite to defeat any of the Republican hopefuls. Then the billionaire promptly found himself seated next to ordinary, wage-earning, subway-riding New Yorkers, forced to wait – and wait some more – for the wheels of justice to turn. It hasn’t worked out that way.
Trump has hit a populist nerve and tapped into conservative Americans’ anger and disapproval of the country’s direction – sentiments that many of the other GOP candidates seem to fail to fully recognize.
Trump ‘s favorability rating with all registered voters (not just Republicans) is higher than Jeb’s, 38% to 35%.
With one-third of the Republican electorate saying he is not even qualified to be president, Trump has a much more narrow window of opportunity to build a majority coalition than any of the other candidates.