With the Iowa caucus scheduled for February 1st and the New Hampshire primary slated for February 9th, GOP voters are determined to not let the media or the establishment choose their next candidate. It hasn’t worked in the last two presidential elections, maybe this will. The unlikely candidate still leads – by a lot.
The South Carolina will he held on February 20th and then we’re off.
Though not a Trump supporter, these polls seem to reflect the current view of GOP voters who want something done about immigration and want a business man to handle the economy.
Donald Trump stands at 36% in the CNN/ORC poll released Friday with the nearest candidate, Ted Cruz at 16%. Dr. Carson’s at 14%, Marco Rubio at 12%. All other candidates are under 5%.
Carson is continuing his decline as is Jeb Bush who is at 3%. Rand Paul has fallen to 1%. Trump and Cruz appear to be getting the supporters being shredded by other candidates.
College-educated GOP voters put Cruz at 22%, Carson and Rubio at 19%, and Trump at 18%. Among non-college educated, Trump has 46% with Cruz at 12%, Carson and Rubio at 8%.
Trump holds the trust on the economy, the federal budget, illegal immigration, ISIS, and foreign policy.
Four in ten Republicans say Trump is most likely to solve the country’s problems and they see him as most likely to win the general by a majority margin.
According to the CNN/ORC poll, among GOP voters (53%) think the government should try to deport all of the estimated 11 million immigrants currently living in the U.S. illegally, but most think it wouldn’t ultimately be possible to achieve (73%).
Americans say the government should not attempt to deport all people living in the country illegally (63%), and even more say such a mass deportation wouldn’t be possible (81%). About half say such an effort would be harmful to the economy (47%), while about 3 in 10 say it would help (29%).
In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in May, a solid majority (72%) of Americans – including 80% of Democrats, 76% of independents and 56% of Republicans – say undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay in this country legally if they meet certain requirements.
Rasmussen released a survey in April on immigration, and a solid majority of Americans disagree with the president on virtually all the critical questions. Eighty-three percent believe applicants should have to prove they are in the country legally before receiving any federal, state or local services. Sixty-two percent say deportation is not aggressive enough in the U.S., 10 points higher than a year ago. Just 16 percent think it’s too aggressive. Fifteen percent think it’s just right.
Birthright citizenship is also unpopular. Fifty-four percent of those polled oppose automatic citizenship for any baby born in the U.S. to parents who are here illegally, while 38 percent like the current policy. In direct repudiation of President Obama’s November actions, 51 percent of those surveyed say illegals should not be immune from deportation just because they have a child with legal standing in the U.S.
It’s hard to imagine Donald Trump will even try to deport millions of illegal immigrants. That plan will be modified but GOP voters believe he will do something.