And now, in addition to a looming defeat in Indiana, we find the source of the epic Ted Cruz public meltdown today. A just released PPP poll (full pdf below) of West Virginia voters shows candidate Donald Trump absolutely CRUSHING Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich:
In addition to winning EVERY internal sub-set amid the polled West Virginia electorate, Donald Trump also wins independent voters with over 70% support.
As we’ve continually warned, stay out of the ‘splodey head blast radius. These public GOPe meltdowns will be epic and specifically targeted to take down everyone around them.
(Via PPP Polling) PPP’s new West Virginia poll finds it’s likely to just keep Donald Trump’s recent streak of dominant victories right on going. Trump leads in the state with 61% to 22% for Ted Cruz and 14% for John Kasich. Trump, with a 67/24 favorability rating, is the only candidate GOP voters in the state even like. Both Kasich (32/50) and Cruz (32/53) come in with negative favorability ratings.
Adding Carly Fiorina to the ticket has done little to help Cruz. Only 12% of voters say picking her as his running mate makes them more likely to vote for Cruz, compared to 31% who say it makes them less likely to vote for Cruz and 54% who say they just don’t care one way or another. Fiorina’s 40/32 favorability rating with Republican primary voters does at least make her more popular than Cruz himself.
Trump is winning every subgroup of the Republican electorate, but a few things stand out. He’s getting 70% among the independents planning to vote in the GOP primary, to 20% for Cruz and just 9% for Kasich. Trump also has by far and away the most committed support- 87% of his voters say they will definitely cast their ballots for him next Tuesday, compared to only 67% of Cruz’s voters and 45% of Kasich’s voters who say the same about their candidates. The race is tighter among ‘very conservative’ voters, with Trump getting 51% to Cruz’s 38% but among both moderates and ‘somewhat conservative’ voters, Trump’s advantage is up over 50 points. (read more)
Here’s the full poll data: