After a tumultuous period that has included terrorist attacks in Paris, calls for stepped-up efforts to combat Islamic State militants, a backlash against accepting refugees from Syria, and two Republican debates, the race looks on the surface very much as it did in a Post-ABC survey a month ago.
Trump runs ahead of the large field with 32 percent support among registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Running second is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 22 percent. Both figures are identical to last month.
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) is the only other Republican in double digits, inching up from 10 to 11 percent over the past month. Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) runs fourth, with 8 percent, up from 6 percent in October.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is fifth, with 6 percent, his lowest percentage during two years of surveys. No other candidate has more than 4 percent nationally.
No candidate’s support has shifted beyond the poll’s six-percentage-point margin of error since September. Read more:
It would appear that Americans (both Democrats and Republicans) want to make a change in Washington and are willing to make that change dramatic if they have to, in order to finally get some results... because most politicians here in the USA are more concerned with either re-election or large financial contributors than they are in doing what is right for the country.
Trump is saying what other politicians cannot say and remain politically viable among the minorities and their political parties because he owes nobody anything; therefore, he is the perfect candidate for the people and the people simply like what he is saying.