A majority of Republicans and GOP-leaning voters surveyed in a new poll say the Republican Party should get behind Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTwo progressive activists were behind Trump Russian flag prank at CPAC Tom Perez embodies the Democratic Party. This is why he should lead it. Trump turns his fire on the FBI MORE at a contested convention if he enters with the most delegates.
Those surveyed were told Trump may have the most delegates entering the convention but not enough to win the nomination on the first round of voting, allowing another candidate to potentially win the nomination on a subsequent ballot.
However, Republicans' embrace of Trump may be a bit more nuanced. He still does not have the support of a majority of Republicans, despite having won more than half the necessary 1,237 delegates to lock up the nomination, including with his most recent win Tuesday in Arizona.
Forty-one percent of Republican and GOP-leaning registered voters surveyed by Monmouth say they support Trump, compared to 29 percent for Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzBrietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit MORE and 19 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. And among those GOP voters not currently supporting Trump, 55 percent want to see someone else besides him get the nomination at a contested convention, while 31 percent said the party should back him.
Cruz, who is currently running second in the delegate count, topped the list of those who Republicans would like to see nominated other than Trump, followed by Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioAt CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit Rubio brushes off demonstrator asking about town halls MORE and Ben Carson.
The survey of 353 Republican and GOP-leaning voters was conducted March 17–20 via telephone with a margin of error of 5.2 points.