Posted: 3:40 pm Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
While Republicans battle over who should be their nominee for President, the polls continue to show that Donald Trump enjoys the support of Republicans of all stripes, providing a broad reservoir of support within GOP ranks, unlike most of his party’s opponents.
“Trump continues to draw his support evenly across the ideological spectrum,” reported a new national poll by Monmouth University, which showed Trump in the lead at 36 percent to 17 percent for Ted Cruz and 10 percent for Marco Rubio.
How broad is Trump’s support? Just look at these data points from the Monmouth poll:
+ 35 percent of ‘very conservative’ voters back Trump
+ 36 percent of ‘somewhat conservative’ voters
+ 36 percent of ‘moderate’ Republican voters
The only other candidate who shows such even support across the spectrum in the Monmouth poll was Marco Rubio, who was down in the 11-12 percent range.
By contrast, Cruz had very strong numbers among ‘very conservative’ voters (27 percent), but that shrunk to 18 percent for ‘somewhat conservative’ and down to 7 percent for moderate voters.
This same type of edge for Trump over Cruz – and with broad support in the GOP – surfaced in a poll out Wednesday from North Carolina done by Public Policy Polling, a firm often identified with Democrats.
Trump leads Cruz only 30/27 w/ 'very conservative' in NC. But 42/15 w/ 'somewhat conservative' and 43-2 w/moderates: https://t.co/3N2itxMS7C
— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) January 20, 2016
“Perhaps the most striking finding from this poll is that not only does Trump lead the GOP field, he also has the highest favorability rating of any of the candidates in it,” the PPP summary stated.
Good poll numbers for Trump are nothing new, but what may be striking to some is how well Trump does in gaining support from a wide range of Republican voters – and it’s been that way for months.
One poll late last year gave Trump 36% percent of the voters who feel they are more conservative than the GOP, 36 percent of those aligned with the GOP, and 31 percent who think they are more liberal than the Republican Party.
All wings of the Republican Party are giving Trump solid support right now, meaning it may not be easy for anyone to stop his drive to the GOP nomination.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.