A YouGov poll conducted through Wednesday not only shows that Donald Trump’s support has surged among Republicans in the wake of the backlash against unfortunate comments the billionaire businessman made about Senator John McCain’s war record, veterans currently serving in the military view Trump more favorably than McCain.
Among current veterans, a full 53% view Trump favorably compared to just 41% for McCain.
McCain’s unfavorable rating with this group is also higher than Trump’s, 49% to 42% respectively.
Among all Republicans, Trump still ties McCain with a 57% favorability rating. Only 3 points separate their unfavorable ratings with McCain doing a little better at 36% while Trump sits at 39%.
Trump’s favorability ratings have taken a hit since the McCain comments. Nevertheless, his support from GOP primary voters has jumped from 15% to 28% — double his second place rival, Jeb Bush, who sits at just 14%.
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