Monday, August 17, 2015

Phillips: Trump is not only viable, he’s the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

Excerpt from column written by John Phillips in the Press-Enterprise (California).

  • Under the old rules, the billionaire businessman and TV personality wouldn’t have a chance in hell. He’s never held elected office, has given money to politicians of all ideological persuasions in both parties and has a lengthy history of saying spicy, politically incorrect things.
    Yet Trump is not only viable, he’s the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

    According to the latest Rasmussen Reports national survey of likely Republican voters, Trump was leading, with 17 percent support. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are in second place with 10 percent apiece, and businesswoman Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are right behind them at 9 percent each.

    CBS News has Trump on top nationally by 11 points, as does the Bloomberg Politics National Poll.
    When you look at early voting states, Trump is killing it there, too.

    A Public Policy Polling survey of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers found Trump in the lead by 7 points. A Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce University poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters has Trump on top by 5 points. And even in the Sunshine State, the home field of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, Trump was ahead by 1 point among likely Florida Republican primary voters.
    These numbers aren’t flukes or outliers, they’re real and robust and, if anything, understate Trump’s actual support.