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Trump hits a new high ahead of Republican debate

Tue, Dec 15, 2015, 01:16 PM
Washington, Dec 15: Ahead of Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, party frontrunner Donald Trump has climbed to his highest support yet in a new national poll with a broad 41 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaning registered voters.

The Monmouth University poll conducted Dec 10-13, the first after the real estate mogul proposed temporarily banning the entry of all Muslims to the US, found him holding a staggering 27-point lead over Senator Ted Cruz with just 14 percent support.

Senator Marco Rubio had 10 percent support and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson had 9 percent. Trump climbed 13 percentage points since the last Monmouth University poll in late October.

"Trump is tapping into the phenomenon," said Patrick Murray, who leads the Monmouth poll. "The more he says things that make the Republican leaders cringe, the more he attracts people to his side."

The poll underscores Trump's success at keeping voters fixated on his unprecedented presidential campaign, commented influential political news site Politico.

Trump celebrated the favourable findings with a series of tweets and a post on Facebook, featuring a graphic, that was shortly taken down after posting, without explanation.

"Looks like we just broke another polling ceiling," he wrote to his followers. "While the establishment schemes to nominate someone they control - the voters are clearly indicating that they want someone who will fix the broken political system in DC. Thank you for your support! We will ?#?MakeAmericaGreatAgain!"

The numbers represent a boost for Trump after a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register survey of likely Iowa Republican caucus participants on Saturday found that Cruz held a 10-point advantage over Trump.
Agency: IANS
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