Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trumps’ continues to dominate the GOP Presidential race and a new poll depicts him with his most convincing lead yet. Billionaire Donald Trump has been receiving a lot of airplay lately over his recent attacks on President Barrack Obama, his scathing comments on Latinos and his dismissal of Sen. John McCain’s war record. Though his rash and abrasive nature has not augered well with many candidates, it seems the Republicans are falling for it hook, line and sinker.
A recent ABC News/ Washington Post poll that was released on Monday shows Donald Trump with an impressive 24 per cent support from the Republicans polled. The figure was almost double that of his closest competitor Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who had 13 per cent. Third was Former Gov. Jeb Bush with 12 per cent. Other Republican candidates including Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla), Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky) received between 8 to 3 per cent in approval ratings.
Even though the lead is Trump’s widest in recent days, it may have been wider as the poll came a day after Trump in his trademark dismissive gab, sensationally rubbished McCain’s war record, even though the senator is a former prisoner of war.
Trump’s remarks took majority of the GOP supporters by surprise and immediately led to a drop in his approval ratings. Following the drop, the real estate mogul quickly reversed his position, repeatedly acknowledging McCain as a war hero.
That was not the first time the billionaire investor’s loose tongue cast him in negative light. Earlier on he had stated that Mexicans crossing the border into the U.S. were rejects and called upon the Washington administration to place higher security on the U.S. –Mexico border. The comments infuriated Latinos across North America and even led to Univision’s cancelling of broadcast rights to his Miss Universe competition.
The question on many people’s minds is whether Trump can maintain his lead against an ever growing field of GOP candidates or will his ratings plummet as have those of his opponents. Jeb Bush had 21 per cent four months ago, now he only commands 12 per cent. Cruz garnered 12 per cent in approval ratings when he announced his run, he now stands at four per cent. Paul’s 11 per cent has been eroded to six per cent.
Will Trump’s approval ratings continue to soar or will his sharp tongue bring him down? Only time will tell.