Despite controversy, Trump still leads polls

KUSA - Donald Trump's bid for the Republican presidential nomination seems to be unaffected by the candidate's recent controversial comments.

A new NBC News-Marist Poll has trump leading the pack in New Hampshire, where he has a 7-point lead over second place Jeb Bush. In Iowa, Trump is just 2 points behind Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin).

Trump recently came under fire after he made comments at a presidential candidate forum questioning Sen. John McCain's (R-Arizona) heroism in the Vietnam War.

"He's a war hero because he was captured," Trump said. "I like people that weren't captured, OK?"

Many, including some of Trump's opponents, condemned the comments and some thought it may signal a massive drop in Trump's polling numbers.

9News Political Expert Floyd Ciruli says Trump's controversial comments may actually be the reason he's gained so much support among Republican voters.

"They are very anti-establishment, they're anti-Washington D.C., they're not happy with the leadership of the Republican Party. And so the fact that Trump spends a tremendous amount of time criticizing that leadership, they find quite popular," Ciruli said.

Republican debates begin next week. The first of which is on Aug. 6. It is still unclear which candidates will make the cut.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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