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 TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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 CruzSinger Leon Bridges to join Willie Nelson in performing at O’Rourke rally Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Poll: Beto O'Rourke leads Cruz by 2 points in Texas Senate race MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' For Poland, a time for justice Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh 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.