Poll: Majority of Republicans say party should get behind Trump at convention

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A majority of Republicans and GOP-leaning voters surveyed in a new poll say the Republican Party should get behind Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNational poll: Clinton clings to 5-point lead over Trump Rep. Meadows to run for Freedom Caucus chairman War over polls intensifies MORE at a contested convention if he enters with the most delegates. 

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed in the Monmouth University poll released Wednesday vocalized that position, compared to 34 percent who said another candidate should be nominated instead.

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 CruzBreitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions: report Juan Williams: When WikiLeaks leaked my cell number 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race 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 RubioBreitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions: report Obama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser Chamber endorses bill to block proposed estate tax rules 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.