A new poll from CBS News neatly illustrates the dilemma that Donald Trump poses for the Republican Party.
Trump continues to lead the race for the party’s nomination, with 27 percent of those polled backing him. But asked what they would do if Trump won the nomination, 19 percent of Republican primary voters said they would not support him. More than 4 in 10 said they would “support him with reservations,” while 29 percent said they would back him “enthusiastically.”
That “love him or hate him” polarization makes Trump a huge problem for the GOP. If he won the nomination, he would start with a big disadvantage, but if the party nominates someone else, his disillusioned supporters might not show up on Election Day.
Among the other candidates, Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, came in second with 21 percent, with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 9 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 8 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, tied at 6 percent.
The poll was conducted Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 4-8. For the sample of Republican primary voters, the margin of error is plus/minus 5 percentage points.
Source/Tribune News Service