Despite all the controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign over the last few weeks, including mudslinging involving candidates’ wives and the arrest of Trump’s campaign manager, the billionaire businessman is still in the lead according to the most recent YouGov poll — although Ted Cruz and John Kasich are gaining support:
Two weeks ago, Trump captured support from a majority of Republican voters, even against three opponents. In this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll, his support has slipped back below 50%. Both Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich have gained in the wake of Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s withdrawal from the contest. But Trump receives just as much support as the two other remaining candidates combined, and continues to dominate.
Indeed, it seems the spat over Trump’s and Cruz’s wives made no different at all:
Eight in ten Republican voters, men and women alike, claim that the tweets and the suggestive pictures of Melania Trump won’t matter to them when it comes to supporting Trump. And both Melania Trump and Heidi Cruz, Ted Cruz’s wife, get positive assessments from GOP voters. Fewer than one in five rate either spouse unfavorably. Melania Trump fares somewhat better, but spouses sometimes are judged by the way people feel about the candidates, and Trump continues to be better-liked than Cruz by Republican voters, although the unfavorable ratings for all GOP candidates, especially Kasich (who trails in the poll), have risen in the last two weeks.
It’d be interesting to see what the favorability ratings are for Hillary and Bill Clinton.