By Jack Davis. A new poll of New York State voters has devastated the theory that the demise of Marco Rubio’s candidacy could somehow transform the dynamics of Donald Trump’s dominance in the Republican president contest. In fact, it shows him getting stronger.
A poll by Boston’s Emerson College, taken earlier this week as the Florida senator was fading away, shows Trump with what Emerson College Polling Society adviser Spencer Kimball called a “commanding lead.” New York’s GOP primary is April 19.
Trump polled 64 percent of the support in the poll, 52 points ahead of Sen. Ted Cruz at 12 percent. Rubio, who suspended his campaign Tuesday night, about midway through the polling cycle, received 4 percent support. Ohio Gov. John Kasich only garnered 1 percent support.
“Trump has the highest favorable ratings with GOP voters, 71%/23%, followed by Cruz at 52%/44% and Kasich at 54%/34%,” according to a press release announcing the poll results. “Consistent with other primaries, Trump supporters are the most loyal, with 89% of those who see him favorably planning to cast their ballot for him. In contrast, only 21% of Republicans who have a favorable opinion of Cruz say they will vote for him.”
On the Democratic side, the poll shows Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. Senator from New York, leading Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 71 percent to 23 percent. (Read more from “Brand New Poll Without Rubio Released… No One Could Have Predicted These Results” HERE)
Trump Still Holds 15-Point Lead Over Cruz
By Rasmussen Reports. Support for all three of the remaining Republican candidates has grown with the narrowing of the field, but Donald Trump still holds a double-digit lead over both his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Trump with 43% support to Senator Ted Cruz’s 28% and Ohio Governor John Kasich’s 21%. Just five percent (5%) of GOP voters like some other candidate, and three percent (3%) remain undecided.
In our last survey of the Republican field just after the February 20 South Carolina Primary and Jeb Bush’s departure from the race, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Dr. Ben Carson were still in the running. At that time, it was Trump 36%, Rubio 21%, Cruz 17%, Kasich 12% and Carson with eight percent (8%) GOP support.
Despite Trump’s wins in most of the state primaries since then, all three of the candidates have experienced similar gains in support, but the billionaire businessman still holds a 15-point lead over his closest rival. Carson has endorsed Trump; the other candidates who have left the race over the past month have not thrown their support to anyone else at this point. (Read more from “Trump Still Holds 15-Point Lead Over Cruz” HERE)