According to the latest CBS/NYT Poll (full pdf below) Trump has gained another thirteen points in his lead over all other Republican candidates since October. Now standing atop the field with a lead more than double the second place candidate, Ted Cruz.
[*NOTE* CBS/NYT has only released the top-lines. The rest of the poll results will be released tonight at 6:30 p.m.]
However, again the notation: these poll numbers were BEFORE Donald Trump’s proposal to halt Muslim immigration pending further review. It is virtually certain, with all the other candidates standing in opposition to Trump on this issue, Trump’s polling numbers are significantly higher – even the progressive pundits admit this reality.
[Via New York Times ] Donald J. Trump occupies his strongest position yet in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, yet nearly two-thirds of American voters say they are concerned or frightened about the prospect of a Trump presidency, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News nationwide poll.
The poll was taken largely before his statement on Monday afternoon proposing to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States.
On the Democratic side, the poll found Hillary Clinton is maintaining her 20-point lead over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The possibility of her winning the presidency in 2016 is only marginally more palatable to American voters than that of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump commands the support of 35 percent of Republican primary voters, leading his closest competitors, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (16 percent) and Ben Carson (13 percent) by a more than 2-to-1 margin. While Mr. Carson’s support was cut in half since the last time The Times and CBS News polled on the race in late October, Mr. Cruz has quadrupled his share. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida’s support stands at 9 percent, with the rest of the candidates at 4 percent or less. (read more)