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Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t taken a hit despite Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa.

A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote.

According to the poll, Dr. Ben Carson got eight percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in with seven percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) held six percent, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) held five percent, and both Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were tied with 4 percent.

Roughly 1,978 registered voters were surveyed in the poll. Out of those surveyed, 754 self-identified as Republicans who would vote in the primary. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.6 percent.

Morning Consult noted:

There is no evidence that Trump’s numbers have slumped after comments he made questioning Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) war record. Though most of the rest of the Republican field — and even the Republican National Committee — loudly criticized Trump after he made the comments on Saturday morning at an event in Iowa, voters interviewed afterward weren’t any less likely to say they support him.

The bad news for Trump in this poll is that he is also the GOP presidential candidate with the highest unfavorable rating.

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