Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCoulter: 'No hope for any Republican winning another election' if Clinton wins Carville thanks Trump for La. flood visit, donation Pay for play is the Clinton way MORE has topped the rest of the GOP presidential field for the second time in as many weeks, according to a new Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll.
The national poll of voters who identify as Republicans or independents shows Trump in the lead with 17 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 14 percent.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzConway, Kelly clash over Trump’s use of personal insults Top aide: Trump 'doesn't hurl personal insults' New Trump campaign manager called on him to release tax returns in April MORE (Tex.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Trail 2016: Trump works to widen his appeal Rubio primary challenger loans campaign M Trump-Clinton race redraws battle for Electoral College MORE (Fla.) round out the top five with 8 percent, 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
“Trump is making daily headlines in advance of the primary season,” said Suffolk University Political Research Center Director David Paleologos in a statement. “This has vaulted him to the top of the pack on the backs of conservative voters.”
Trump’s rapid ascent to head of the GOP pack was first cemented in a Public Policy Polling survey of likely voters in North Carolina, which placed Trump ahead of Bush and Walker by a four-point margin.
An Economist/YouGov poll of GOP voters released last week gave Trump his first national poll win, putting him ahead of Bush and Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump gets little backing from Silicon Valley Lawmakers amplify criticism of US support for Saudi bombing campaign How Breitbart turned on Ted Cruz MORE (Ky.) by four points.