It was just days ago that Western Journalism reported on the results of a new CNN/ORC poll showing that Donald Trump, the candidate who has literally upended the 2016 presidential contest, is a serious competitor in the general election. Pundits and politicians said it could never happen — the brash billionaire businessman could never sustain the excitement, maintain the momentum, and become a serious candidate for President of the United States.
But he has, and now a just-released poll from Rasmussen Reports contains data that will shock the socks off both Republican and Democrat power brokers. This, as they say, is a true game-changer.
As Trump prepares to head to Mobile, Ala., for a campaign rally that promises to be the biggest of the campaign season so far — with as many as 40,000 supporters packed into a football stadium — what could be the biggest news of the presidential polling season is hitting the streets. The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters finds a stunning expectation among Republicans:
…57% of Likely Republican Voters now think Trump is likely to be the Republican presidential nominee next year, with 25% who say it’s Very Likely. That compares to 27% who felt a Trump nomination was likely two months ago when he formally announced his presidential bid, a finding that included just nine percent (9%) who said it was Very Likely.
At the time that the fast-talking, flamboyant real estate mogul and reality TV star launched his presidential campaign, he scored near the bottom of the GOP pack. Now he leads the field — consistently and often by wide margins in national as well as state polls — and in many respects, Trump is setting the agenda for the race.
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The Rasmussen Reports survey finds that it’s not only Republicans who feel Trump is likely to capture the nomination. In the “all likely voters” category, The Donald is viewed as a viable candidate to be reckoned with. Just as socialist Bernie Sanders is proving to be a formidable campaigner in the Democrat race, now Trump is seen to be not just a scrappy contender, but the man to beat for the party’s top spot in 2016.
“Among all likely voters, 49% think Trump is likely to be the Republican nominee, including 17% who say it’s Very Likely. That compares to 23% and seven percent (7%) respectively in the earlier survey. Forty-eight percent (48%) now say Trump is not likely to win the nomination, with 21% who feel it is Not At All Likely,” according to Rasmussen.
In the Friday release of the results of its shock poll, Rasmussen Reports notes that previous surveys have found that voters agree with Trump that the U.S. needs to build a wall along its border with Mexico. “They also believe overwhelmingly that illegal immigrants convicted of a felony in this country should be deported. Trump made both proposals in a policy paper he released last weekend that calls for getting tough on illegal immigration.”
Among the reasons given for Trump’s popularity and forward momentum with voters is his virtually unfiltered outspokenness, his willingness to say almost anything about anybody. Newsmax is reporting that Trump took dead aim at one of the Democrats ready to charge into the party spotlight should the Clinton campaign continue to run off the rails. Speaking about former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Trump fired off an insult the likes of which one rarely hears, even in the most brutal and bloody political arenas.
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In an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, Trump said of O’Malley’s quick apology after being criticized by members of the Black Lives Matter movement for countering that “all lives matter” that the former governor “apologized like a little baby, like a disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby, and that’s the problem with our country.”