Poll: Nearly two-thirds of GOP voters can imagine backing Trump

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A new national poll by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News found that 65 percent of Republican primary voters could see themselves backing Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Cybersecurity: Cyber questions for the debate | Dem wants Yahoo hack probe RNC head: Trump’s Gennifer Flowers threat ‘funny’ ‘Will & Grace’ cast mocks Trump in mysterious reunion teaser MORE for president in 2016.

That figure was at 23 percent when the poll asked the same question in March.

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The shift shows increasing acceptance of the billionaire businessman in the GOP ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.

However, Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: Fight night Google backs Obama's internet transition plan Steve King asks: Will Clinton be ‘on her meds or off her meds’ for debate? MORE and Marco RubioMarco RubioGlenn Beck: I was wrong about Ted Cruz Senate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' MORE still lead in the category. Seventy-one percent of GOP voters could see themselves backing Cruz, and 67 percent could imagine backing Rubio, the poll found. In March, Cruz was at 40 percent on that question and Rubio was at 56 percent. 

Jeb Bush, who led the category in June, at 75 percent, is now down to 42 percent.

The survey included 400 GOP primary voters contacted Jan. 9-13. The margin of error was 4.9 percentage points.