Trump’s GOP presidential front-runner status and popularity may be in decline, polls released Dec. 22 suggest.
According to the Quinnipiac University national survey , presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may be catching up with current front-runner Donald Trump.
The polls show Trump is ahead of Cruz by only four percent, with Trump finishing at 28 percent while Cruz holds 24 percent of GOP support.
Very conservative supporters seem to prefer Cruz to Trump. Thirty-eight percent of tea party members prefer him to the mogul, whom only only 27 percent support.
Cruz also dominates white, born-again Evangelical Christians by 33 percent to Trump’s 22 percent.
However, both men both share almost exactly the same proportion of support among other demographics. For example, while men support Cruz by 30 percent, Trump only falls behind by a mere one percent.
Moreover, Trump’s popularity may be waning.
The Dec. 22 polls asked voters whether they would be embarrassed or proud to have Donald Trump as president.
Fifty percent of US voters said they would feel embarrassed if Trump led the country, while only 23 percent said they’d feel pride.
Of that number, 44 percent of Republicans said they’d feel proud to have the mogul as president, but the majority said they’d either feel embarrassed or neither.
"Half of American voters say they'd be embarrassed to have Donald Trump as their Commander in Chief and most Americans think he doesn't have a good chance in November, but there he is still at the top of the Republican heap," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Sen. Ted Cruz is snapping at his heels. Can a candidate that half the American electorate thinks is an embarrassment win in November?"
Furthermore, 40 percent of Republican voters who watched the last GOP debate of 2015 said Cruz won, while only 20 percent thought Trump did, reports Politico.
The polls also reveal the other Republican presidential candidates are trailing far behind Trump and Cruz. Cruz dominates Florida Sen. Marco Rubio by 12 percent. Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christa, and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finished at 10 percent, six percent, and four percent respectively.