70 percent of potential Republican voters believe that business mogul Donald Trump will be the inevitable presidential nominee for the 2016 GOP ticket.
According to Rasmussen Reports’ weekly “Trump Change” feature, findings posted on Dec. 11 show that 70 percent of self-identifying Republicans view Trump as the likeliest nominee with 31 percent feeling very confident about the possibility.
The weekly poll reports that only 27 percent of Republican voters don’t think Trump will secure the nomination, with just 10 percent ruling out the possibility.
Rasmussen Reports had been keeping track on Trump’s inevitability amongst GOP voters since August. He had been tracking in the mid-50s but experienced a surge following the November terror attack in Paris.
Even after Trump issued his controversial proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. following the Dec. 2 San Bernardino attack, his lead in the GOP field has continued to solidify.
Rasmussen Reports finds that this continuing support is because 66 percent of self-identifying Republicans agree with Trump’s call to install a Muslim ban. The survey shows that the ban in favored amongst a plurality of all respondents, with 46 to 40 percent approving.
When Trump entered the 2016 presidential race in the early summer of 2015, he was considered a long shot for the GOP nomination. His surprising success among Republican voters has unsettled the party establishment, with several of the most prominent GOP party leaders openly discussing the possibility of a brokered convention during a Dec. 10 dinner, The Washington Post reports.
While the majority of self-identifying Republicans are convinced that Trump will be the nominee, the opposition has other ideas.
The Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, told 90 donors on Dec. 10 that their team actually considers Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas as the likely Republican nominee, Politico reports.