According to a new Monmouth University poll, Donald Trump has achieved a 27-point lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Before Tuesday night’s GOP debate, Trump was way ahead of other Republican contenders, leading the pack with a 41-percent support. Behind him are Ted Cruz with 14 percent, Marco Rubio with 10 percent, and Ben Carson with 9 percent. The remaining contenders polled less than 5 percent.
“It has become abundantly clear that Trump is giving his supporters exactly what they want, even if what he says causes the GOP leadership and many Republican voters to cringe,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in New Jersey, said.
As of the October Monmouth survey, Trump was at the front of the race with 28 percent support, followed by Carson with 18 percent and Cruz with 10 percent. Rubio stood at 6 percent, according to Washington Times. Trump’s favorable rating of 61 percent also beats his standing of October, which was at 52 percent. Currently, while 29 percent said they have an unfavorable view of Trump as the president, the same was 33 percent in October.
The latest poll was conducted from December 10-13.
According to a Quinnipiac University Poll, Trump and Cruz stand neck to neck, with 28 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Rubio stood at the third spot with 14 percent, and behind him was Carson with 10 percent. None of the other contenders polled more than 5 percent, USA Today reports.
Among the top issues for GOP primary voters were national security and terrorism. While 39 percent named it as the most important issue, 18 percent said it was second-most important. Economy and jobs saw 19 percent saying it was the most important, while 22 percent said it was the second-most important issue.