Support for Donald Trump in the race for the GOP presidential nomination continues to hold up, and according to a new poll, it’s mostly due to the fact that the country’s Republicans are dissatisfied with what’s going on in Washington. Trump’s bashing of the way the U.S. handles immigration has also boosted his popularity.
The numbers come from the latest CNN/ORC International poll, which shows that only 3 out of 10 registered voters across the country think government in Washington represents their views well. Four out of 10 think their views are poorly represented.
Among the GOP and GOP-leaning electorate, those numbers are even worse. Fifty-three percent of Republican voters say Washington does a poor job of representing their views. That is almost twice as much as Democrat voters and those who lean left. Only 27 percent of them feel similarly about how Washington represents them.
Among the GOP group that is dissatisfied with their party’s work in Washington, Trump is the favorite with 24 percent supporting him. Florida governor Jeb Bush has the backing of 13 percent, and the rest of the GOP presidential hopefuls have no more than 8 percent. These disgruntled voters are also more likely to list illegal immigration as the number-one factor in deciding who to vote for next year.
All in all, GOP voters want change, and it appears that they see Trump as a departure from the Washington status quo. They are tired of typical Washington politicians, which Trump is anything but.