The number of Republican voters who are open to embracing Donald Trump as their nominee has swung from low to high with the force of a pendulum. A Jan. 14 poll shows that 63 percent of GOP constituents are open to supporting the business mogul.
The January poll conducted by NBC/Wall Street Journal asked respondents to give a simple yes or no to which candidates they would be open to supporting for the GOP nomination.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in first with 71 percent of respondents answering that they could support him. Clocking in second was Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 67 percent. Then came Trump.
Something to note: Trump was the only candidate with universal name recognition with survey respondents.
This surge in GOP voter support, or at least resignation, for Trump as the nomination is a tremendous increase from how he tracked 10 months ago, The Washington Post reports.
The same survey conducted in March 2015 showed only 23 percent of Republicans willing to accept Trump as their nominee. That’s a 42 percent surge for a candidate who had already been widely known by the electorate.
It is important to note that as Trump’s support has grown, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s has shrunk considerably, plunging by almost 40 percent since June 2015.
Trump's prospects for inheriting the White House become dicey when his appeal is polled beyond Republican voters.
Gallup released a poll on Jan. 14 that measured the favorability ratings of GOP candidates among the three voter segments: Republican, Democrat and Independent. According to respondents who are familiar with the candidates, Trump fared worst of all in crossover appeal.
Trump has a net favorability rating of -30 among Independents and -74 among Democrats. For comparison, Cruz has has a net favorability of -5 among Independents and -54 among Democrats.
If Trump wants to become president, he will have to win over more than just Republican voters. It’s important to remember that, despite all of these seesawing polls, not a single vote has been cast yet in this presidential election cycle.