A new survey indicates more than half of Republican-leaning voters wish their party's standard bearer was someone other than presumptive nominee Donald Trump. The data signals growing discontent among GOP voters over the controversial business mogul.
On June 27, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 52 of of self-identifying Republican respondents would have preferred to see another candidate take the reins of the 2016 campaign from Trump.
Of those polled, 45 percent were satisfied with the real estate developer. Meanwhile, 52 percent of self-identifying Democratic voters voiced satisfaction with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as their nominee, with 45 percent saying they would have preferred someone else.
The survey results indicate strained GOP support for Trump. The data found that the more conservative Republicans were less likely to be satisfied with their nominee while the moderate were generally more favorable to Trump.
Of the GOP respondents, 58 percent voiced satisfaction with Trump being their nominee, while 60 percent of those with a college degree were displeased, indicating education plays a role in determining which Republican voters like Trump.
The survey asked respondents across party lines to rate both Trump and Clinton on leadership qualities.
Likely voters gave Trump an edge on changing the culture of Washington, D.C., dealing with the economy, standing up for American interests, dealing with terrorism and homeland security, handling the gun issue and honesty.
Meanwhile, respondents rated Clinton higher when it came to being a good commander-in-chief, foreign policy, uniting the country and managing crisis situations.
One poll question concerns Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban. The polling indicates the controversial policy is a real loser of a talking point, with only 34 percent of respondents in support and 49 percent against.
The survey results indicate that, nearly two months after prevailing in the GOP primary, Trump’s support within his own party is vulnerable.
These findings were echoed in a survey conducted by a Washington Post-ABC News poll that found that nearly one-third of Republican-leaning respondents do not believe Trump is qualified to be president. Of those polled, 18 percent voiced that Trump does not share their beliefs.
Of self-identified Republicans, 69 percent said they wanted their party leaders to speak out against Trump when they find his rhetoric unacceptable.
The unflattering data arrives as a number of GOP lawmakers have started openly slamming the businessman, asserting they will not be endorsing his candidacy, The Daily Beast reports.
For example, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois has began to campaign for his reelection by attacking the Trump in advertising. Republican Rep. Richard Hanna of New York has declared he cannot vote for Trump based on moral grounds, saying, “I want someone to be president that my children can look up to.”
Retiring Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan penned an open letter warning that a Trump presidency would be “nothing short of catastrophic.”