WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has surged to the top of a crowded Republican presidential field, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, but the brash billionaire is also the weakest competitor among the top seven GOP candidates against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In the nationwide survey, Trump leads at 17% and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is second at 14%, the only competitors who reach double digits. Trump’s edge, which is within the poll’s margin of error, is one more sign that his harsh rhetoric about immigration and toward his rivals has struck a chord with some voters.
“He’s got some backbone,” Steve Fusaro, 59, of San Clemente, Calif., who was among those polled, said approvingly in a follow-up interview. “We need a businessman.”
But Buxton McGuckin, 19, of Columbia, S.C., who supports Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, expresses alarm at the potential repercussions of Trump’s words. “I know he’s a conservative and Republican but I mean … the (stuff) that comes out of his mouth,” the audio engineer says.
Trump has gained 6 percentage points since the USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll taken in June; Bush’s support has stayed steady.
The survey of 1,000 adults, taken by landline and cellphone Thursday through Sunday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The sample of 349 likely Republican primary and caucus voters has an error margin of +/-5.25 points.
Trump’s strengths and his weaknesses are on display.
While he leads the GOP field, he fares the worst of seven hopefuls in hypothetical head-to-heads against former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic nominee. Bush, the strongest candidate against Clinton, lags by four points nationwide, 46%-42%. Trump trails by 17 points, 51%-34%. Read More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/07/14/usa-today-suffolk-poll-republicans-donald-trump/30102255/
Why the huge surge? Quite easy to explain. The field is huge and he is the most differentiated “product” in the field. As AUN-TV reported almost all college students do not know who the Vice President of the USA is, but do know all about Snooki and Brad Pitt’s wives. http://aun-tv.com/2015/07/60000-of-college-debt-learns-you-much-snooky-but-leaves-you-ignorant-of-important-things-videos/
So many simply are in favor of him for celebrity. But his ace in the hole is being what Marxists call “politically incorrect”. Most in the Republican field are cookie cutter politicians who do what their political advisers tell them to. Trump does the opposite. And sometimes there is substance to it, such as Trump being the little boy in “The Emperor’s Clothes” story who points out what everyone knows, but is afraid to say, that the emperor has no clothes.
In terms of substance the parallel is the forged birth certificate and forged draft card of Obama.
It has been declared a forgery after an in-depth police investigation, yet who else is willing to say that? http://aun-tv.com/2014/10/will-obama-be-deported-as-illegal-alien-lawsuit-brewing-based-on-police-finding-of-forged-documents/
This is how Trump differentiates himself and attracts serious people. People who like to hear forbidden truths and listen to someone that does not allow the “Thought Police” to control him. At the same time his speeches are often wall to wall I, Me, I Me bragging, somewhat like Obama. Listen to him. I have been a business executive in several fields and would not hire Trump after listening to him, and even more so, not Obama.
As for policy according to Wikipedia, Trump was a registered Democrat from 2001 to 2009 and Bill and Hillary went to his wedding and Bill has pointed out Trump was an early contributor to the “Clinton Foundation”.
The same poll that puts him at #1 at 17% says he has the worst negatives of any candidate.
What this poll indicates is that if a Republican candidate fired their “handlers” and told taboo truths, they would win the nomination.
If a candidate without Trump’s negatives would tell the truth about taboo subjects, they would experience a groundswell of support, in this reporters opinion.
7-19-2015 Update from CNN story today that hints at AUN-TV’s prior analysis: “They’re all talk, they’re no action,” Trump said, revving up his fiery takedown of politicians.
“I’m more disappointed in many ways with the Republicans,” Trump said. “They have this great indignation, whether it’s Benghazi or the emails… nothing ever happens.”
“Even though I’m a Republican and I’m obviously voting that way, I’m very disappointed in the Republicans in the House. There’s weakness there,” said Julie Pagliarulo, a 56-year-old resident of Belmont, New Hampshire, who arrived hours early to see Trump speak. “Donald just says it like it is. I love it.” http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/17/politics/donald-trump-summer-surge/
Again Trump is pointing out the obvious, that Republicans complain about Obama, but let him get away with breaking the law and corruption. Why is no one else saying this? The cookie cutter seemingly controlled Republicans have set themselves up for a Trump. Except for Cruz, who is not attacking Trump for these and other statements.