The grassroots base of the Republican Party is standing by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to a new poll released this morning.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted early Saturday -- after audio was unearthed that had the GOP nominee crudely bragging about groping women and trying to lure a married woman into an affair -- shows that just 39 percent of voters think Trump should end his presidential campaign, while only slightly more voters, 45 percent, think he should drop out.
But 70 percent of Democrats say Trump should end his campaign while just 12 percent of Republicans -- and 13 percent of female Republicans -- agree.
Many GOP officials have abandoned Trump, but as of now, nearly three-quarters of Republican voters, 74 percent, surveyed on Saturday said party officials should continue to support the nominee. Only 13 percent think the party shouldn't back him.
Overall, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Trump in the four-way race for the White House by four points, 42 percent to 38 percent, with eight percent supporting Gary Johnson, three percent supporting Jill Stein and nine percent undecided. Clinton also leads by four in a two-way race, 45 percent to 41 percent.
The new poll, conducted entirely on Saturday, is the first scientific survey to gauge voters' immediate reactions to Trump's comments. Morning Consult surveyed 1,549 registered voters, with 1,390 likely voters. The margin of error for all results is plus or minus 2 percentage points, and for 3 percentage points for likely voters.
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