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 TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE holds a commanding lead over his Republican primary challengers in a new poll that shows former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Ralph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads 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 SanfordMark Sanford calls Graham 'a canary in the coalmine' on GOP's relationship with Trump Top cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (R) was supported by 2 percent and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshThe Memo: 'Hillbilly Elegy' author binds himself to Trump after past criticism Joe Walsh says radio show canceled due to Trump criticism The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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.