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Bush Maintains Top Spot in Some Polls Despite Trump Surge

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 11:28 AM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has largely maintained — and even improved — his position in the polls despite Donald Trump's surge, leading the real estate mogul in a number of the most recent polls, according to Business Insider.

In a Monmouth University survey released Monday, Bush lead Trump 15 percent to 12 percent.

But in the survey last month, Bush had just 9 percent support.

In a Reuters-Ipsos poll released last weekend, Bush was in first place with 16.1 percent compared to Trump with 15.8 percent. When voters were given a choice between just Bush, Trump or Rubio, Bush had a strong lead with 42 percent compared to 28 percent for Trump and 20 percent for Rubio.

By comparison to Bush, other candidates are seeing their ratings slip amid the Trump surge.

"Every minute that media outlets cover Trump controversies is another minute that all of the Bush's more dangerous rivals are excluded from the spotlight," said Vox's Andrew Prokop, according to the Insider.

"The GOP field is so crowded right now, with 15 candidates and two more expected to jump in soon, that the key challenge most contenders face is simply getting anyone to pay attention to them. Bush, the default choice who also benefits from name recognition, doesn't face that problem. But everyone hoping to dislodge him does."

Despite Bush's lead in a number of the polls, Trump is leading in others.

A Suffolk University/USA Today poll published Tuesday put Trump in first place with 17 percent support compared to 14 percent for Bush.

And in an Economist/YouGov poll released last week, Trump got 15 percent support compared to 11 percent for Bush.

Trump says he is not surprised by his success in the polls, but is baffled by how well Bush is doing.

"The [Reuters-Ipsos] poll just came out and I'm tied with Jeb Bush," Trump said at a rally on Saturday, according to the Insider. "And I said, 'Oh, that's too bad. How could I be tied with this guy? He's terrible. He's terrible.' He's weak on immigration."

He added, "I don't see him as a factor. Jeb Bush. I don't get it."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has largely maintained - and even improved - his position in the polls despite Donald Trump's surge, leading the real estate mogul in a number of the most recent polls, according to Business Insider.
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