When it comes to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, pollsters are questioning everything they thought they knew when it comes to winning the White House, The Hill
"Throw out the rulebook when it comes to Trump, that’s not even in the parameters of what we see as unusual," said the director of Monmouth’s Polling Institute, Patrick Murray, who watched Trump's favorability rating flip from negative to positive in one month's time.
"That defies any rule in presidential politics that I’ve ever seen," Murray told The Hill.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Trump's lead over the Republican field increasing, with a 28 percent approval rating among voters. In a similar Quinnipiac poll in late July, Trump had a 20 percent approval rating.
Still, while polling experts and scientists say that they have never seen anything like Trump, they maintain that he will not win the Republican nomination.
But as Trump attacks have intensified, so have his poll numbers — converting some high-profile Trump skeptics.
According to The Hill, GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who dismissed Trump from the start, said that he's "having trouble processing" the situation, but "this is real."
While Trump may be "rewriting the rulebook," pollsters question whether or not he will be able to maintain his position at the top of the polls.
"It will take another three or four weeks before we realize what happened, whether he can stick around or if his support is eroding," Murray said. "We are at the turning point, the eye of the storm, but we don’t know how much longer the storm is going to continue."
Pollsters note that narrowing the Republican field could help voters focus on an alternative candidate.
But for now, Trump remains a favorite among Republican voters. As Marist College polling expert Lee Miringoff told The Hill, "Staying power is there for the immediate and moderate future, there’s no doubt about that. He’s the buzz of the campaign."
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