Poll: Bill Weld leads among Trump GOP challengers with 5 percent support

Poll: Bill Weld leads among Trump GOP challengers with 5 percent support
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE holds a commanding lead over his Republican primary challengers in a new poll that shows former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldWeld says Trump wants reporters to 'roam free' in Iran, but not US Trump primary challengers left off Wisconsin ballot Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump MORE (R) leading other rivals. 

The Economist-YouGov Poll released Wednesday shows that Trump has the support of 86 percent of Republican primary or caucus voters, compared to 5 percent for Weld. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark SanfordMark SanfordTrump challenger Bill Weld rules out 2020 independent bid Judge throws out lawsuit against South Carolina GOP for canceling 2020 primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field MORE (R) was supported by 2 percent and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshWalsh plans protest at RNC headquarters over 'nakedly anti-Democratic' primary cancellations Pelosi announced as lead guest on season premiere of 'Real Time with Bill Maher' Rep. Collins says Democrats are 'in love with terrorists,' 'mourn Soleimani' MORE (R-Ill.) had 1 percent support.

Five percent of GOP primary or caucus voters were not sure who they supported and 1 percent said they would not cast ballots. 


The poll also found that 85 percent of Republican respondents viewed Trump favorably while just 12 percent viewed him unfavorably. 

The results were based on responses from 416 GOP primary or caucus voters and 371 Republicans surveyed between Sept. 14 and Sept. 17. 

Weld was the first person to challenge President Trump for the Republican nomination and was later joined by Walsh and Sanford in the race.