I know. More Trump-Trump-Trump. But read on.
Just about everyone in this game of groans has been predicting/hoping/praying that Trump would flame out - that is, everyone but his base which itself is growing along with his poll numbers. Steve Benen (MaddowBlog)reports on a new poll.
... note the newly released Monmouth poll on the state of the GOP race nationally.
- Donald Trump: 41% (up from 28% in a Monmouth poll in October)
- Ted Cruz: 14% (up from 10%)
- Marco Rubio: 10% (up from 6%)
- Ben Carson: 9% (down from 18%)
The rest of the Republican field is at 3% or lower.
You just cannot ignore the guy.
... these results point to a landscape in which Trump has an eight-point lead over Cruz, Rubio, and Carson combined.
What's behind Trump's polling numbers?
... this same poll found that nearly two-thirds of Republican voters (65%) agree that Trump has the right temperament for the presidency. His overall favorability rating is up nine points, to 61%, since October.
Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute said in a statement, “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."
I’m glad there were some Republican officials last week who denounced Trump’s bigotry, but it’s important to appreciate the fact that those critics are out of step with the party’s right-wing base – even as Trump gives voice to what the far-right activists believe.