GOP presidential candidate front-runner and real estate mogul Donald Trump has a growing lead in New Hampshire, according to a WMUR/CNN poll released on Dec. 8.
The poll showed 32 percent of likely primary voters supported Trump, with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida placing a distant second with 14 percent. Voters said they believed that Trump had the best chance, by far, of winning the 2016 presidential election.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie placed third in the poll, garnering 9 percent of support among those polled. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in fourth with 8 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich followed with 7 percent, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson dropped to 5 percent.
“People always assume that these kinds of remarks are going to hurt him,” University of New Hampshire Survey Center director Andrew Smith said of Trump’s controversial comments on Muslims in the U.S. that have sparked doubt about his longevity in the presidential race.
“But they may actually help him with a significant segment of the electorate. Whenever in the past he has said things that are equally out of bounds, he actually bounced up in the polls.”