Real estate developer Donald Trump is continuing his strong showing in the GOP presidential polls, leading in Arizona in a new poll
of top-10 candidates conducted by Phoenix-based MBQF Consulting.
Respondents to the automated telephone survey were given a choice of the top 10 candidates as recently determined by a Politico story, pollster Mike Noble told The Arizona Republic.
In that poll, recently announced candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich barely missed the cut and was not included in the survey.
Trump was the favorite of 26.5 percent. He was followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 12.6 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 12.1 percent.
The rest of the field:
- Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 8.7 percent
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 6.0 percent
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 3.9 percent
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 3.9 percent
- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 2 percent
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 1.7 percent
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 1.7 percent
A total of 21 percent were undecided.
The poll asked, "If the election were held today for the Republican primary for President of the United States, which of the following top 10 candidates, listed in alphabetical order by last name, would you be most likely to vote for?"
"With the crowded field of GOP presidential candidates jockeying for the top 10 positions to be in the first upcoming presidential debate momentum is crucial," Noble said.
"According to likely Arizona GOP voters Donald Trump is by far and away the candidate that most resonates, in which he also polled at a 61.3 percent favorability rating."
Trump's numbers have increased since he said Arizona Sen. John McCain was not a war hero for being captured in Vietnam. McCain had previously said the thousands who showed up at a Phoenix anti-immigration rally where Trump spoke were "crazies."
The poll, conducted Wednesday, spoke to "758 high efficacy primary Republican voters" and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.56 percent.
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