Seventy percent of Republican voters believe Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: Most millennials disapprove of Trump Trudeau calls premiers to talk US trade Canada to Trump on trade: ‘Not an accident that hockey is our national sport' MORE will be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, according to a new poll from the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports.
Those who support Trump's controversial call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. are even more likely to think he'll be the nominee.
About 73 percent who agree say the outspoken businessman will win the GOP nod, with 39 percent saying it is “very likely.”
About 55 percent of voters in both parties say Trump will be the Republican Party's likely presidential nominee, with 25 percent calling him “very likely” and 30 percent “somewhat likely.”
Roughly 38 percent think he is unlikely to win.
Rasmussen Reports conducted its latest sampling of 1,000 likely voters Dec. 8-9. It has a 3 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.
Trump’s remarks on Islam earlier this week have inspired fierce backlash from many of his fellow Republicans. Reports emerged Friday that GOP elites are now weighing a brokered convention next year should Trump’s popularity hold.
More than 20 top party officials — including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus — discussed the rare measure during a dinner last Monday evening.
Retired neurosurgeon and White House rival Ben Carson fiercely criticized the alleged conference Friday given its implications for political outsiders like himself and Trump.