Donald Trump is surging in the polls, reaching his highest-ever support and putting to bed rumors that he his not a serious candidate and could be dropping out of the race.
There had been speculation for the last few weeks that Trump’s support may be plateauing, with voters growing weary of his in-your-face brand of politics and starting to tune out. Trump saw a slight decline in some polls but remained steady in others.
But now a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey found that Trump has his highest support ever. He reached 25 percent support among Republican voters, up from 21 percent in September.
Though Donald Trump is rising in the polls, he could still have trouble ahead. Challenger Ben Carson notched 22 percent support int he same poll, just behind Trump. Florida Senator Marco Rubio came in third with 14 percent, while Texas Senator Ted Cruz had 9 percent. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush had 8 percent support.
There may still be room for Donald Trump’s poll support to grow as well. The poll found that 59 percent of Republic voters could see themselves supporting Tump, the first time it has cracked the 50 percent barrier. The number of people who said the could not support him fell to 35 percent from just over 50 percent in the previous poll, showing that Trump may be starting to win over more voters.
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But Ben Carson still leads among this measure, with 74 percent saying they could envision supporting his candidacy, with just 20 percent saying they could not.
The most recent survey comes on the heels of CNN/ORC polls released last week that show Trump with growing leads in South Carolina and Nevada, which are key primary states.
Trump topped Ben Carson 38 percent to 22 percent in Nevada, and in South Carolina is beating Carson by a margin of 36 percent to 18 percent. There are no other candidates with double-digit support in either state. To many, the strong poll performances show that Donald Trump isn’t going away and will likely remain a frontrunner as the race nears actual voting with the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
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The poll numbers come as Donald Trump appears to be growing impatient with questions over whether he is a legitimate candidate. Trump’s previous presidential bid in 2012 was seen by many political analysts as a way for Trump to generate more attention for himself and his criticism of President Barack Obama, and he dropped out long before the race went to primaries.
This time, Trump said he has absolutely no intention of stepping out of the race.
In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump said he is tired of the media twisting around his words and making inferences about his intentions in the race.
“The amazing thing,” Trump said (via Business Insider). “I made this statement that, ‘Well, if I could see I wasn’t going to win, and if my numbers were really terrible, and if you wouldn’t call [for interviews], and everybody’s not calling, if I saw it wasn’t going to happen, of course I would [drop out].'”
Trump added, “The next day headlines: ‘Trump considering maybe getting out of the race.’ It was so ridiculous.'”
So Trump said he is no longer taking the bait on questions about dropping out of the race.
“So you know what I say right now?” he asked. “I give more of a political answer: I’m never getting out.”
Donald Trump has a chance to add to his growing polls. Next week he and the other Republican candidates will take the stage for a debate sponsored by CNBC and the Republican National Committee, with Trump’s past debate performances earning him both attention and bumps in the polls.
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