Donald Trump Surges In New New Hampshire Poll

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A new poll of the Republican race in New Hampshire puts Donald Trump just below the head of the pack:

He’s dismissed by the political professionals, but there is no denying that the appetite forDonald Trump among Republican primary voters is real.

The New York developer and reality television star is second among 2016 presidential candidates in a new Suffolk University poll of New Hampshire Republicans - behind only former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

The poll of 500 likely GOP presidential primary voters found 14% back Mr. Bush. Mr. Trump is right behind at 11%. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio come next, with 8% and 7%, respectively. The poll tested 19 GOP candidates – a rare survey that included ultra-longshots like Mark Everson and former Govs. Bob Ehrlichand Jim Gilmore.

While Mr. Trump is experiencing a bump in popularity after announcing the launch of his campaign last week (he filed formal Federal Elections Commission paperwork Monday), he remains the most disliked GOP candidate in the field. Suffolk found he is the only GOP candidate with a net unfavorable rating in New Hampshire — 37% of those surveyed had a favorable opinion of Mr. Trump, compared to 49% who had an unfavorable view

As noted, this comes on the heels of Trump filing official paperwork with the FEC, meaning he has fulfilled for now all of the legal requirements for being a candidates. Other legal requirements such as ballot petitions are further down the reason. For the now, though, Trump is in the race and it appears he’s going to be enough of a factor in the beginning to be able to make it into the debates. Which will make those debates even more of an entertaining train wreck.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. michael reynolds says:

    This just casts a golden glow of contentment over my entire morning.

  2. bookdragon says:

    I wonder if a bunch of comedians managed to hack their way into being ‘likely GOP presidential primary voters’ just so they could vote him up?

  3. Ben says:

    YES! Please, oh please FSM, let this come to pass!

    TRUMP 2016: The Greatest Show on Earth!

  4. Kylopod says:

    Trump exemplifies something I’ve noticed for years, which is that the GOP has become essentially a party of Internet trolls. If, that is, Internet trolldom were a lucrative profession. And Trump appears to understand that better than any of the other candidates.

  5. al-Ameda says:

    Excellent. Keep up the good work New Hampshire GOP voters!

  6. Scott says:

    @michael reynolds: I should have pursed lips of glowering disapproval and cluck appropriately but I just can’t manage it at this time.

  7. grumpy realist says:

    I wonder how much of this is real and how much of this is simply pranking the pollsters. I mean, if I were called away from the dinner table to answer some stupid survey caller, I’d probably be professing a love for the most outrageous candidate I could think of.

  8. gVOR08 says:

    Who’s going to be the first con to comment that this shows how we fear the mighty Trump?

    Whoever it was that came up with “We Shall Overcomb” a couple days ago, bless you.

  9. Tony W says:

    That photo looks like an SNL routine. Truly horrible staging.