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 TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE holds a commanding lead over his Republican primary challengers in a new poll that shows former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldBill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump Trump challenger Bill Weld rules out 2020 independent bid Hawaii GOP cancels presidential preference poll, commits delegates to 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 WalshBill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump Trump challenger Bill Weld rules out 2020 independent bid Hawaii GOP cancels presidential preference poll, commits delegates to Trump 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. 

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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.