The Pew Research Center, released a poll yesterday that showed Trump has 25% of the support from likely Republican voters across the nation. Ben Carson was second with 16%, Senator Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina grabbed 8% respectively and Texas Senator Ted Cruz was third with 6% support.
Jeb Bush, once hailed as the strongest front-runner, managed a bare 4%.
The poll was taken between September 22 and 27th and asked voters who they would support for the Republican nomination with a series of open-ended questions.
Contrary to less accurate and ostensibly more biased polls, the Pew poll did not list any names; respondents had to fill in the blanks.
Trump had the strongest name recognition of all candidates although 25% of those polled said they "did not know who they would vote for."
Trump has maintained a high position in almost all polls recognized as meaningful. Trump has been quoted lately as saying if he had numbers in the low single digits like Bush and others, he'd drop out of the race.
"Well, I'm not a masochist," Trump said Thursday. "Right now I'm leading every poll, and in most cases big. That's good. If that changed, if I was like some of these people at 1% and 2%, there's no reason to continue forward. If I fell behind badly, I would certainly get out."
Trump's continued margin in the Pew poll refutes many recent media stories reporting his numbers had dropped "considerably after the second Republican debate.
That is clearly not the case disappointing many in the Republican Party who were hoping and praying Trump's support would wane.
The comments sections of online media is showing even stronger support for Trump than the polls with 78% or more of the comments on Yahoo sponsored sites directed favorably toward Trump.
Trump has settled into a comfortable groove as the front runner capturing more that a third of the 65% of Republican voters who say they prefer "new ideas" to "experience." Bush has been running on an "I'm more experienced" rhetoric while Trump says the country is ready for "a new direction." In this group, Carson is once again second with 18%; Rubio third with 9% and Bush is a distant 2% putting him even with also-ran Rand Paul.
"If I had Bush's numbers I'd drop out," Trump recently said. Bush supporters have insisted the former Florida Governor get his numbers up to secure further donations and funding for his campaign, which appears to be seriously tanking.
The Pew poll was taken from 496 potential registered primary voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 5%. Pew is widely recognized as one of the best and most reliable pollsters in the Nation.