A new Morning Consultant poll found that Mitt Romney's recent speech condemning Donald Trump had minimal effect on the real estate mogul's growing support.
According to the poll, 31 percent of GOP voters said they were more likely to vote for Trump after Romney's speech. Only 20 percent said they were less likely, while 43 percent said it had no impact either way.
The poll showed that only five percent of previous Trump supporters said they were less likely to vote for him. Of the people who voted for Romney in 2012, 30 percent said his speech made them more likely to support Trump while 20 percent said they were less likely.
Romney's speech sought to condemn Trump and diminish support for the controversial real estate mogul.
"He inherited his business, he didn't create it," Romney said. "And what ever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there's Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump Mortgage? A business genius he is not."
The former Massachusetts governor criticized the GOP frontrunner for turning minority groups into "scapegoats," and for "the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics" he's portrayed.
"Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud," Romney said. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”
Trump later responded to Romney's speech, calling him a "failed candidate" who should have defeated President Obama "easily." He claimed that Romney "begged" him for an endorsement in 2012.
"I could've just said, 'Mitt, drop to your knees,' he would've dropped to his knees," Trump said.
In 2012, Romney praised Trump for his "extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works to create jobs for the American people."
Romney ultimately defended his past statements on Trump, tweeting that if Trump had previously said the things he says today "about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled," he would not have "accepted his endorsement."