Trump Leads GOP Polls Even After Controversial Remarks

Despite the very controversial comments Trump has made throughout his campaign, the billionaire is leading the Republican polls. According to a CNN/ORC poll, Trump is at 18 percent while Jeb Bush–who’s polling second–is at 15 percent. The poll also found that 52 percent of Republicans want Trump to continue his campaign.

In a NBC News/Marist Iowa poll, Trump was polling second at 17 percent while Scott Walker was in the lead with 19 percent. That same poll found that Trump was leading his GOP contender Jeb Bush by 7 points in the very important state of New Hampshire. In New Hampshire, Walker was polling at 12 percent, according to the NBC News/Marist poll.

Trump connected his high polling numbers to Republicans being tired of Washington politics.

“This is a movement going on. People are tired of these incompetent politicians in Washington that can’t get anything done. They can’t make deals. They can’t do anything.”

The polls were conducted July 14-21, which is before and after he made comments that sparked outrage among many Americans.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Mr. Trump made remarks about Senator John McCain, a fellow Republican, that many people found offensive. Trump questioned McCain’s war hero status and said “I like people that weren’t captured,” referring to McCain’s time as a POW. Those who heard Trump’s comments, especially veterans, found what he said very offensive.

Some analysts and commentators thought that Trump’s comments would hurt him, but it doesn’t appear that way. Trump continues to gain points in the polls and seems to be here to stay. Those who thought Trump was campaigning simply for publicity may probably rethink their position now.

Still, Donald Trump’s favorability is extremely low among all voters. Most of his unfavorability could likely be blamed on the very controversial comments he made. His wealth may also play a factor as he released his financial disclosure forms recently that claimed he has over $10 billion in assets. That unrelatable wealth and his inflammatory comments have most likely worked together to boost his unfavorability level.

“Trump’s unfavorability rating is sky high. Overall, 59% of all registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of Trump, though that dips to 42% among GOP voters.”

Even though Donald Trump is polling well, the likelihood of him being nominated appears to be slim. A Pivot analysis found that Trump has around a 1 percent chance of getting the Republican nomination.

While Trump leads his Republican competitors, he falls short when matched against Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Clinton is losing a few points to Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders. Hillary’s favorability among all registered voters is higher than Trump’s at 49 percent with an unfavorable view of her and 44 percent with a favorable one.

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