A new Bloomberg poll released Tuesday shows that billionaire Donald Trump continues to defy conventional political wisdom.
Twenty-one percent of registered voters who identify as Republicans now selected Trump as their first choice for president, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at ten percent and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at eight percent.
According to Bloomberg, Trump is leading nearly all categories in the poll, including evangelicals and those with incomes over $100,000. Bush beat him by one point among those defining themselves as moderates.
Huckabee came in fourth at seven percent, with Sen. Marco Rubio at six percent. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul both came up with five percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Chris Christie, and Gov. John Kasich followed up with about 4 percent.
Former Gov. Rick Perry is near the bottom of the poll along with Sen. Rick Santorum with two percent, while Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Carly Fiorina only earned about one percent.
Trump’s political fortunes continue to rise in spite of heavy criticism from the media and even well known conservative political pundits. The political class left him for dead after the media focused heavily on his controversial comments about illegal immigrants and his flippant comment about Sen. John McCain’s record as a war hero.
Trump will feature prominently in Thursday’s Fox News debate, the leading top ten candidate that will likely draw heat from some of the moderators and fellow Republican challengers.
The poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. and included 500 U.S. adults who are registered Republicans and those registered as no party who lean Republican. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.