GOP vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceLeaked Trump transition vetting documents show numerous officials with 'red flags': Axios Texas Republican: Migrant conditions in his state the 'worst' he's seen US officials express optimism negotiations with Iran possible MORE on Friday dismissed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE’s poll numbers, insisting the general election is the only legitimate sampling.

“It’s very early in this campaign still,” the Indiana governor told host Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today." "The only poll that really matters is on Election Day.”


Pence said recent surveys do not reflect his running mate’s national popularity.

“I have to tell you, as we’ve canvassed out West this, [and] Donald Trump in Florida, we’re seeing tremendous crowds, tremendous enthusiasm,” he said.

“I really do believe it’s because Donald Trump’s message of a stronger America at home and abroad is resonating with millions of people,” Pence added. "I’m grateful for the support that we’re receiving from Republicans, independents and Democrats across this country.”

Multiple polls released this week have shown Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 MORE boasting wide leads over Trump.

A McClatchy-Marist survey out Thursday, for example, shows Clinton at 48 percent to Trump’s 33 percent nationwide.

A Fox News poll issued Wednesday, meanwhile, shows Clinton besting Trump 49 percent to 39 percent nationwide.

Trump is weathering backlash after criticizing the parents of Humayun S.M. Khan, a Muslim U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.

Father Khizr Khan and mother Ghazala Khan have repeatedly sparred with the billionaire after Khizr Khan’s fierce rebuke of Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

Clinton leads Trump by about 7 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.