#1 Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race ['The Donald' is Surging, TM] by ThirstyMan 21.07.2015 07:22

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By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill, July 20, 2015

Businessman Donald Trump surged into the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Support for Trump fell sharply on the one night that voters were surveyed following those comments. Telephone interviewing for the poll began Thursday, and most calls were completed before the news about the remarks was widely reported.

Although the sample size for the final day was small, the decline was statistically significant. Still, it is difficult to predict what could happen to Trump’s support in the coming days and weeks as the controversy plays out.

Even with the drop in support on the final night of the survey, Trump was the favorite of 24 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. That is the highest percentage and biggest lead recorded by any GOP candidate this year in Post-ABC News polls and marks a sixfold increase in his support since late May, shortly before he formally joined the race.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who announced his candidacy a week ago, is in second place, at 13 percent, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, at 12 percent. Walker’s support is strongest among those who describe themselves as “very conservative.”

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The Republican race remains highly fluid and continues to change with each survey. Four months ago, Bush was at 21 percent, and that support has dropped significantly. Others who have faced erosion include Cruz, who was at 12 percent shortly after he announced his candidacy this spring and is at 4 percent now. Paul was at 11 percent two months ago and is at 6 percent in the new survey. Christie also has dropped steadily, from 14 percent in January to 3 percent.

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Trump has dominated campaign news since he announced his candidacy. His comments about illegal immigrants have drawn strong responses, pro and con. He said that the Mexican government is sending across the U.S.-Mexican border criminals, drug dealers and rapists, but that some of the immigrants are “nice” people.

Through nonstop media interviews and some high-profile appearances, including a big rally in Phoenix on July 11, he has drowned out his opponents. His rivals were tentative in taking issue with his immigration comments but pounced over the weekend when he went after McCain (R-Ariz.), a former prisoner of war, who drew the ire of Trump when he said the Phoenix rally had drawn out the “crazies” in the GOP.

Trump has struck a chord with at least a part of the Republican electorate. He does far better among those who are not college graduates than among those who are.

His support among men and women is about the same, and he performs somewhat better among GOP moderates than among those who say they are “very conservative.”

His views on immigration are not widely shared. Just 16 percent of Americans say that undocumented immigrants from Mexico are mainly “undesirable people like criminals,” while 74 percent say they are mainly “honest people trying to get ahead.”

Even in the Republican Party, Trump’s characterizations reflect a minority view. Among Republicans, 66 percent say undocumented immigrants from Mexico are mainly honest, while 19 percent say they are mainly undesirable.

There is clear resistance to his candidacy within the party. A majority (54 percent) say his views do not reflect the core values of the Republican Party.

If Trump were to receive the GOP nomination, 62 percent of Americans say they definitely would not consider voting for him. In contrast, just over 4 in 10 say they would definitely not consider voting for Clinton, Bush or Sanders.

Trump, however, could become a factor if he were to leave the GOP race and run for president as an independent. The survey shows that in a hypothetical three-way race, Clinton is at 46 percent, Bush is at 30 percent and Trump is at 20 percent among registered voters.

Trump takes more support away from Bush than Clinton in such a contest. In a head-to-head matchup, Clinton tops Bush by 50 percent to 44 percent among registered voters.

At this point, big majorities in each party say they are satisfied with their choices in the presidential race, with Democrats slightly more so. But compared with this time four years ago, Republicans are noticeably more satisfied with their field of candidates today.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/p...920d_story.html

#2 RE: Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race ['The Donald' is Surging, TM] by algernonpj 21.07.2015 07:52

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The motto of the MSM, the political elite:

Don't confuse us with reality.

The reality being the voting public is fed up with the blatant lies, obfuscations, and mealy mouthed pandering to political correctness spewed by their so-called betters among the MSM and political elite who have been totally 'demoralized'.. This article serves as a prime example.

To paraphrase Bezmenov: you could prove to them black is back and white is white and their knee jerk response would be a pre-programmed statement of denial.

#3 RE: Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race ['The Donald' is Surging, TM] by ThirstyMan 21.07.2015 08:37

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Quote: algernonpj wrote in post #2
The motto of the MSM, the political elite:

Don't confuse us with reality.

The reality being the voting public is fed up with the blatant lies, obfuscations, and mealy mouthed pandering to political correctness spewed by their so-called betters among the MSM and political elite who have been totally 'demoralized'.. This article serves as a prime example.

To paraphrase Bezmenov: you could prove to them black is back and white is white and their knee jerk response would be a pre-programmed statement of denial.




Speaking of mealy mouthed pandering, Rick Santorum had his chance to set the media straight in their mis-characterizations of Trump's comments. He tried and failed tp clarify that that he did NOT say McCain isn't a war hero...



Here's 'The Donald' speaking for himself about the disappointment with the GOP....

#4 RE: Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race ['The Donald' is Surging, TM] by Sanguine 21.07.2015 09:24

I'm very interested in seeing if his McCain comments have helped or hurt him.

#5 RE: Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race ['The Donald' is Surging, TM] by Cincinnatus 21.07.2015 13:34

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"I'm very interested in seeing if his McCain comments have helped or hurt him."

One thing for sure the ongoing squabble has driven any discussion of other issues out of the public square. Trump started with and gained great popularity from his criticisms of the mess immigration is. Now all everyone wants to talk about is his comments about McCain.

I sometimes wonder if this isn't a purposeful diversion on the part of the nattering class.

#6 RE: Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race ['The Donald' is Surging, TM] by algernonpj 21.07.2015 13:47

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Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #5
"I'm very interested in seeing if his McCain comments have helped or hurt him."

One thing for sure the ongoing squabble has driven any discussion of other issues out of the public square. Trump started with and gained great popularity from his criticisms of the mess immigration is. Now all everyone wants to talk about is his comments about McCain.

I sometimes wonder if this isn't a purposeful diversion on the part of the nattering class.


You just maybe onto something . LOL

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