A new poll from USA Today and Suffolk University finds that billionaire Donald Trump is the clear Republican frontrunner for 2016.
Trump leads the GOP field with 17 percent in the poll, whereas former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trails him by three points at 14 percent.
Next up is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with eight percent and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with six percent. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) saw a drop off from June’s poll—consistent with other polling data showing Rubio slipping amid campaign missteps—down to five percent.
Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tie with four percent apiece, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets just three percent.
The poll of 349 Republican primary and caucus voters was taken from July 9 through July 12 with a margin of error of 5.25 percent.
“Mr. Trump has been pulling ahead of the competition in recent weeks with his truthful talk on a number of issues, which has been resonating with voters across the country,” Trump’s press office said in a statement. “The USA Today/ Suffolk University poll is one of several recently released polls showing Mr. Trump as a definitive top tier choice for the 2016 Republican Presidential primary.”
Several other recent polls have found Trump is either the clear Republican frontrunner or tied with Bush for the lead. A recent Reuters poll out last week found the two in a dead heat at the front of the pack, whereas a recent Economist/YouGov poll found Trump out in front.
“Mr. Trump will be in Laconia, New Hampshire on Thursday for a rally; he will then travel to Arkansas on Friday to meet with voters at the Republican Party of Arkansas’s 2015 Reagan Rockefeller Dinner and will visit Iowa on Saturday where he will attend the Family Leadership Summit in Ames,” Trump’s team said in their release.
Trump just wrapped a busy week in which he spoke in California, in Las Vegas, and in Phoenix about immigration and other matters.