Presidential races

Republicans’ expectations high for Trump, poll finds

Donald Trump, radio host suspended
Getty Images

Most Republicans believe GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has the best chance at victory in 2016, according to a poll released Wednesday morning.

Over 4 in 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 43 percent, pick Trump as the Republican most capable of winning next year’s general election, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post survey.

{mosads}Forty-two percent also see him as the most likely pick for the party’s presidential nomination.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is Trump’s closest competition, pollsters found.

Fifteen percent believe Carson can win the GOP’s presidential nomination. Sixteen percent think he can win a general election.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ranks third, with 12 percent who think he can win the party’s nomination and 13 percent saying he is the best choice for a general election.

Wednesday’s survey also found that Republicans rank Trump highest on several personal attributes.

For example, 47 percent view him as the strongest leader.

He also ranks as the best candidate on immigration, with 39 percent picking the outspoken billionaire.

Pollsters found that 32 percent pick Trump as the closest to them on the issues while 29 percent believe he understands them.

Trump is the clear favorite for next year’s GOP nomination, according to the survey, with 32 percent support among Republicans.

The New York business mogul has dominated multiple national polls since entering the 2016 field last June. 

ABC News and The Washington Post conducted its latest survey among 423 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18. It has a 5.5 margin of error.

Tags 2016 Ben Carson D.C. D.C. Donald Trump Florida GOP Jeb Bush New York polls Republicans United States Washington Washington

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video