Trump leads the latest USA Today/Suffolk University Poll with 17 percent of the crowded GOP field, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 14 percent.
Trump’s criticism of what he terms America’s lax enforcement of illegal immigration was the main reason for his surge, USA Today reports.
Trump’s numbers have risen 6 percentage points since the last poll in June, while Bush’s numbers have held steady.
Rounding out the poll as first choice for president were:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: 8 percent
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: 6 percent
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: 5 percent
Retired surgeon Ben Carson: 4 percent
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: 4 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 4 percent
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 3 percent
“We’ve seen Donald Trump make it to the top, but the question is can he stay on top,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told USA Today. Read more.