Trump still leads GOP Field, but descent may be beginning

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT)- Public Policy Polling’s newest national poll finds that Donald Trump is likely facing at least some fallout from his comments about John McCain over the weekend. Nevertheless, he is narrowly leading the national field in the survey that went into the field on Monday.

Trump gets 19% to 17% for Scott Walker, 12% for Jeb Bush, 10% for Ben Carson and Marco Rubio, 8% for Mike Huckabee, 4% each for Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul, 3% each for Chris Christie and John Kasich, 1% for Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum, and less than 1% each for Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki.

Trump’s lead comes despite the fact that only 22% of Republicans agree with the comments he made about John McCain over the weekend compared to 50% who disagree.

Despite his overall lead, there are some signs that Trump’s comments may have hurt him. His favorability rating is back down in the 40s, at 48/39. Although it’s not a perfect comparison, the state polls in Virginia (58/32) and North Carolina (55/32) over the previous two weeks had found him with numbers in the mid to upper 50’s.

Nevertheless, Trump is doing well across the GOP electorate. He leads among voters who describe themselves as ‘very conservative’ with 20% to 17% for Walker and 16% for Carson. He also has the advantage with moderates, getting 22% to 19% for Bush and 13% for Rubio.

Additionally, Trump has the lead both among primary voters who say their biggest concern is having the candidate who’s the most conservative on the issues (he gets 20% to 16% for Walker, 12% for Huckabee, and 11% for Carson) and with primary voters who say their biggest concern is winning in the general election (19% to 16% for Walker, 14% for Bush, 13% for Rubio, and 10% for Carson.)

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