Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has picked up more momentum after calling to ban all Muslim immigrants and refugees, dominating a new national poll with 41 percent support among party members.
In October, a Monmouth University poll found that Trump’s support stood at 28 percent, but ahead of CNN’s Republican debate on Dec. 15, Trump surged in the poll, giving him a wide advantage over every other candidate.
The runner-up is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, whose support has jumped to 14 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who stands at 10 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s numbers continue to plummet, and he now stands at 9 percent support -- half of what he had in October. The rest of the candidates polled in the low single digits, CNN reported.
Though Trump is controversial among Democrat and Republican politicians alike, right-leaning voters remain supportive of his candidacy -- 30 percent of respondents said they would be enthusiastic if he was the Republican nominee, and another 37 percent said they would be satisfied, Politico reported.
When asked if Trump had the temper to be president, a contentious issue among many voters, 65 percent of respondents said he does to some degree, while 33 percent said he does not to some degree.