Despite making some controversial statements about John McCain, Donald Trump is seeing no slump in his approval ratings, according to newly released polls.
A new Iowa poll was conducted over the weekend, while Trump was embroiled in controversy after he attempted to disparage the military record of McCain.
WhoTV, a local Iowa outlet, reported:
A Monmouth University poll of Iowans released Monday and conducted over the weekend showed Scott Walker continues to maintain a solid lead in the Iowa Republican caucus, though Trump has gained an edge over the rest of the field and now stands alone in second place.
Of likely caucus attendees, 22% told pollsters that they’d support the Wisconsin governor in next winter’s matchup, but 13% said they would back Trump, who has suddenly catapulted to the front of some national polls. Trump only earned 4% of Republicans’ support in a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg survey conducted in May, a month before Trump announced his campaign and made a string of controversial comments that came alongside his rise.
These poll results have forced everyone on all sides of the political spectrum to take Trump seriously as a presidential contender in 2016.
McCain has been quick to slam Trump, calling his supporters “crazies.”
“It’s very bad,” McCain told the New Yorker last week. “This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me. Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”
As a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, McCain said he has battled for years with the “very extreme element” of the far right. He said the party had just gotten these “crazies” under control when Trump stepped in.
“Now he galvanized them,” McCain said, according to Politico. “He’s really got them activated.”
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