Feel the Trump-mentum: The Donald is surging in the polls

He's really running this time, and while his numbers will come back down to earth, Trump's riding a wave of support

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published July 1, 2015 3:20PM (EDT)

Donald Trump                                                (Reuters/Chris Keane)
Donald Trump (Reuters/Chris Keane)

Donald Trump may be losing corporate backers for his business enterprises but he is gaining ground with Republican primary voters in the early voting states of New Hampshire and Iowa according to the latest polls.

NBC Universal, Macy's, and Univision have all dropped ties with the real estate mogul after he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals during his presidential announcement two weeks ago, but it appears as though the controversy has had no negative impact on Trump's standing with Republican voters.

Trump comes second to former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, in New Hampshire and second to current Wisconsin governor Scott Walker in Iowa. He is tied for second in Michigan and comes in second in the latest national polls. Notice a trend? Trump, for all his negatives (he holds the highest negative ratings of any GOP candidate -- Jeb's a close second) has a base of supporters stronger and more consistent in their support than any other Republican candidate.

Trump received 11 percent in the latest Quinnipiac Iowa GOP primary poll, tied for second with Ben Carson. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the poll at 18 percent.

Chalk it up to name recognition or dismiss it as a natural bump following his announcement, but Trump is now an unavoidable presence in the 16-person Republican field.

Impolitic statements like, "our country is honestly going to hell," and ridiculous anti-immigrant tirades have lead 700,000 petitioners to sign a successful demand that Macy's drop Trump but those same statement have also lead to his surging standing with the GOP base.

His fellow Republican candidates have not yet condemn Trump's remarks although both Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the children of Hispanic immigrants and Trump beats them both in nearly every poll.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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