Donald Trump, the 2016 GOP presidential candidate whose supporters have refused to have him relinquish the title of being ‘front-runner’ in the contest, is still far above the other contenders, according to a Yahoo! News report on Tuesday morning. The real estate magnate is yet the undisputed leader of the Republican’s presidential field. In fact, in spite of all the controversies that have been thrust upon Trump over the past month, his lead has grown.
The latest survey comes again from Quinnipiac University, a highly-respected polling facility. The results of the poll – its results being released on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2015 – indicate that, 11 months prior to the 2016 presidential election and just a short time before the Iowa caucus, Donald Trump is the undisputed leader with 27 percent of Republican voters’ support. Just last month, Trump had 24 percent which indicates his support is growing at this time. When Trump had 24 percent a month ago, he was virtually tied with Dr. Ben Carson for the lead as Carson had 23 percent a month ago. Carson’s numbers have plummeted. His support has dwindled 7 percentage points to 16 percent. In fact, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida now claims second place in the survey.
Trump has 27 percent. Rubio has 17 percent. Carson and Cruz are now tied for third place with 16 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the brother of George W. Bush and son of George H.W. Bush – is in fifth place with five percent. None of the other candidates registered more than three percent. Just one percent say they are undecided.
Of the Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has increased her lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. A month ago, a Nov. 4 survey result gave Clinton a lead of 53-to-35 percent. The newest survey gives Clinton a doubling lead over Sanders, 60-to-30.
In a matchup with Clinton, Trump would be defeated at this time, 47-to-41 percent. In Republican candidate matchups, Clinton’s stiffest competition would be Rubio, according to Quinnipiac. Against Rubio, it’s a virtual tie with Clinton having 44 percent compared to Rubio’s 44 percent. This is a substantial increase for Rubio in a matchup against Clinton over the past month.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research. From November 23 – 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,453 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The survey includes 672 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points and 573 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points.