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 John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioStudents gather outside White House after walkout to protest gun violence Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA 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.