Poll: ‘The Donald’ Trumps GOP Field, Ranks Highest With Men, Women And Evangelicals

Supporters of the Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump try to get autographs after his appearance at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on January 2, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Trump, who has strong support from Southern voters, spoke to thousands in the small Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. Trump continues …
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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump remains far ahead of his fellow GOP rivals, with 35 percent support in a recent NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came in second with 18 percent, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) ranked third at 13 percent support.

Trump holds the lead with support from both men and women out of the GOP field. Thirty-nine percent of men support Trump while 21 percent of men support Cruz and 13 percent of men support Rubio.

The real estate mogul holds 29 percent support from female voters. Both Cruz and Rubio hold 13 and 14 percent among women.

NBC News notes, “Perhaps surprisingly, Trump also has the highest support among white evangelical voters—33%.”

Although Ben Carson did fairly well among white evangelicals (12%), the group heavily favored Trump. Cruz also did well with white evangelicals, with 2 in 10 supporting him. Rubio’s support among this group was 1 in 10. Republican-leaned voters who describe their political views as “very conservative” are most likely to support Trump (35%) and Cruz (30%) with the other candidates at least 20 points behind.

The poll found that 51 percent of Trump supporters said they “are absolutely certain they will vote for him.” However, Cruz and Rubio supporters are not as certain they will cast a vote for their favored candidate, according to NBC News.

The poll was conducted online with a national sample from 3,700 adults from December 28, 2015 through January 3, 2016.