A new CNN/ORC poll shows presidential candidate Donald Trump’s popularity is higher than ever.
The Monday poll reveals Trump has a significant lead over opponents, with the support of 49 percent of Republican voters nationwide. The rest of the pack are far behind, with Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] at 16 percent, Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] at 15 percent, Ben Carson at 10 percent and Gov. John Kasich at 6 percent.
Trump’s support has surged in the last 30 days. The CNN/ORC poll from January had Trump earning 41 percent of Republican support.
The poll also found a larger number of registered Republicans are extremely enthusiastic about voting this year than registered Democrats, a possible nod to the unusual enthusiasm Trump has generated.
The business mogul broke the halfway mark of support with 51 percent of polled Republicans saying Trump is the best candidate to solve the country’s problems. Cruz came in second in this category with 17 percent, followed by Rubio at 13 percent.
Trump has similarly huge leads in multiple categories, with 48 percent of Republicans saying he would best handle the responsibilities of commander in chief and 46 percent saying he “best understands the problems facing people like you.” He is much lower, though, in the honesty and trustworthiness category with 36 percent — though he still leads as the most trustworthy candidate.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has a big lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders, and is beating him by about 20 points among Democrat voters.
The CNN/ORC poll interviewed 1,001 adults from Feb. 24-27.
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