It appears the Trump train is not slowing down any time soon. Dr. Ben Carson may be ahead in Iowa, but don’t forget, Rick Santorum almost won there the last time around.A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows a whopping 70 percent of Republicans view Donald Trump as the most electable.
AP News reports, “Seven in 10 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say Trump could win in November 2016 if he is nominated, and that’s the most who say so of any candidate. By comparison, 6 in 10 say the same for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who, like Trump, has tapped into the powerful wave of antiestablishment anger defining the early phases of the 2016 contest.By an overwhelming 77 percent to 22 percent margin, Republican registered voters and leaners say they prefer an outsider candidate who will change how things are done, rather than someone with experience in Washington who can get things done. They prefer someone with private sector leadership experience over experience holding elected office, 76 percent to 22 percent.”
AP also notes “Trump and Carson are considered among the least electable general election candidates by the Republican Party’s professionals, those who are in the business of helping candidates run campaigns and win elections.” Well of course not. They’ve never seen anything like this and they have no idea how to deal with it. It’s not “business as usual,” and that’s precisely why Republicans are drawn to the outsiders.
“Carson and Trump are the candidates most likely to receive positive ratings from Republican voters, with 65 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of Carson and 58 percent saying the same of Trump. Republicans are somewhat less excited about Bush, with 48 percent giving him a favorable rating.”However, “Six in 10 Republicans say Bush could win the general election and 54 percent say the same about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. There’s a drop-off among the rest of the GOP’s 2016 crowded class. None of the other candidates is viewed as electable in a general election by more than half of Republican voters.”
Get ready for that debate watching party on Wednesday night…and then get ready for the herd to thin. Lindsey Graham? I mean, really…
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]