NeverTrumpers? Never Mind.
The Republican Party is unifying around Donald Trump, and far fewer than speculated plan to split the party to vote for Hillary Clinton come November, new polls show.
These polls prove Trump has more than a fighting chance in a general election match-up against Clinton.
Trump leads Hillary Clinton 78 to 7 percent among Republicans, a new survey by Public Policy Polling shows. It proves that the legion of Establishment naysayers who predicted the party could not and would not rally around the “controversial” Trump were wrong yet again.
Seventy-two percent of Republicans also said they were comfortable with Trump as the party’s nominee, while fewer than a quarter said they were not. This closely mirrors Clinton’s standing among Democrats, 75 percent of whom are comfortable with her as the nominee, and 21 percent who are not. For all the talk of GOP disunity, the Republican Party is no more divided than the Democratic Party.
Also mirroring Clinton closely is Trump’s overall standing. The new PPP poll has Clinton leading Trump by 42 to 38 percent. When third-party candidates were removed and the question was revised to a one-on-one match-up between Trump and Clinton, Clinton came out on top 47 to 41 percent — hardly an insurmountable lead from Trump’s perspective.
But even better news for the Trump campaign came in the form of a new Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday, which shows Trump and Clinton effectively neck-and-neck in Florida and Pennsylvania, with Clinton leading Trump by only 43 to 42 in both states. In Ohio, Trump is actually leading Clinton by 43 to 39 percent, the new poll shows. That these moderate swing states appear to be warming up to Trump suggests strongly that his message is resonating among all Americans.
“The Republican Party will get killed, we’ll get creamed, we’ll lose,” if Donald Trump is the nominee, said Sen. Lindsey Graham in March. But these new polls prove Trump has more than a fighting chance in a general election matchup against Clinton — and that Graham’s prediction that “Trump gets wiped out” come November was positively premature.
Indeed, polls taken in May 2012 in the run-up to that year’s election showed Romney ahead or behind Obama by similar margins, and primary participation suggests the 2016 election could see the largest Republican voter turnout in years.
Of course, those predicting a decisive electoral rout of Trump in a general election fight against Clinton are the same folks who predicted that Trump would be out of the race by now. Not only do these new polls suggest once again that the Establishment cheerleaders are wrong — they are also emphatic proof that the GOP Establishment does not speak for GOP voters.
“Republicans need to get real and admit hard truths,” writes Rep. Darrell Issa in an op-ed in The Hill, discussing the need to unite around Trump in order to beat Hillary. It seems a majority of Republicans already have.