Election 2016 Poll

Trump is Still the GOP Frontrunner

Written by SK Ashby

According to several different polls, all of which were taken after the first GOP primary debate, Donald Trump is still the Republican presidential frontrunner.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Trump in the lead with 24 percent.

Trump led the party's 17-strong 2016 presidential field with the backing of 24 percent of Republican voters, unchanged from before Thursday's televised debate.

His closest rival, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, trails at 12 percent, down from 17 percent before the debate. No other candidate earned more than 8 percent in the online poll, conducted between the end of the debate and Sunday.

Meanwhile, a national survey conducted by Morning Consult dot com shows Trump in the lead with 32 percent.


The share of Republican primary voters who say they view Trump favorably increased since the last tracking poll, to 62 percent from 57 percent. But the number of registered voters who say they see Trump unfavorably remains high — 52 percent of all voters say they see him in a negative light. That makes Trump both the most popular candidate within the Republican field and the least popular candidate Republicans could nominate for next year’s general election.

And finally, the new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling shows Trump leading the pack in Iowa with 19 percent support.

Trump does have the advantage with pretty much every segment of the GOP electorate- he's up with Evangelicals, men, women, voters in every age group, moderates, voters who are most concerned with having the candidate who is most conservative on the issues, and voters who are most concerned about having a candidate who can win the general election. [...]

The biggest loser in the poll is Rand Paul. He now has a negative favorability rating at 31/45. That gives him the worst numbers of anyone in the field, outdistancing even Chris Christie on the unpopularity front. Paul's 3% standing represents a drop all the way down from 10% in April.

There are a lot of headlines floating around the web today announcing that Trump is still the frontunner in spite of his recent comments, but I feel like that's a misnomer.

Instead of pointing out that he's still the frontunner after saying horrible things, shouldn't we start saying he's the frontrunner because he says horrible things? The Republican primary voting base are themselves known for saying and believing horrible, unhinged things and, so far, they have rewarded him.

He's one of them! Donald Trump is a Breitbart comment section brought to life.