When it comes to the topic of immigration, you may not be surprised to find that a new poll discovered that Republicans trust Donald Trump more than any other candidate on the issue.
A new YouGov poll found that Trump was far and away the most trusted candidate concerning immigration among the still large field of GOP candidates for president.
About half of of those polled, 49 percent, said that Trump had the right ideas on immigration. These findings are significant considering months of attacks by the mainstream media trying to tear Trump down over the immigration issue. His ratings have only gone up, currently placing at 49 percent, up 14 points from July.
Perhaps what is most notable is that no other candidate surpassed 11 percent.
“Half of Republicans view Trump as the candidate who can best handle immigration, more than four times the percentage who name Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of immigrants, who is in second place, far behind Trump. Only 5 percent believe former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would do the best job on immigration,” poll analysis found.
The poll was particularly bad for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush whose rating on immigration cratered since July. In July, 11 percent of respondents thought Jeb was good on immigration, but now, four months later, only five percent feel he is good on the issue.
Meanwhile, Marco Rubio saw the opposite result. In July he hovered at 6 percent thought Rubio was right on immigration, but he has now reached 11 percent.
The issue took center stage at this week’s GOP debate as other candidates tried to attack Trump over the issue. But if these polls are any indication, attacking Trump on immigration is not going to help the candidates with Republican voters.
Still, the poll also found that Republicans are far and away more worried about immigration problems than other segments of the electorate.
“Republicans are far more likely than the rest of the public to view illegal immigration as a very serious problem for the country (70% of Republicans say it is, compared with 46% overall),” the poll said. “And many also believe illegal immigrants are more likely than others to commit violent crimes (49% of Republicans versus 29% overall). 57% of Republicans believe immigration from Mexico has a negative impact on the U.S. economy; 37% of all adults do.”