Donald Trump Surges to Lead in NH GOP Presidential Poll, Erases Another’s Iowa Lead

GOP Presidential front-runner Donald Trump is running strong in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls.

This time last Sunday the media had written Trump off for his McCain comments. But, they are out of touch and didn’t realize that Donald Trump is surging because he is speaking about real life, real situations, and is not beholden to them or the political establishments.

via CNBC:

The polls were conducted July 14-21 – so before and after Trump’s controversial comments belittling John McCain’s war record on July 18. And they suggest the comments didn’t affect Trump in Iowa (he was at 16 percent before the comments and 18 percent after), but they did hurt him in New Hampshire (26 percent before, 14 percent after).

Despite his poll position, Trump’s favorable/unfavorable rating among Iowa Republicans is just 45 percent/44 percent, and it’s 39 percent/53 percent among GOP voters in New Hampshire.

Trump’s popularity is proving his critics wrong. Even MSNBC Meet The Press’s Chuck Todd had to report on these numbers during Sunday morning’s show:

In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, Trump said voters are simply tired of ineffectual politicians.

“This is more than me,” Trump said. “This is a movement going on. People are tired of these incompetent politicians in Washington that can’t get anything done. They can’t make deals. They can’t do anything.”

Despite his momentum, most establishment Republicans do not see Trump actually winning the GOP Republican nomination next year — 31% expect Bush to be the nominee, while 22% believe Trump will be. Another 14% predict a Walker nomination….but then again that’s establishment Republicans

So what do you think? Does Trump have a shot? Can he pull this off? Share this story on Twitter and Facebook and add your views to our comment section.

H/T: Meet The Press, CNBCCNN’s State of the Union

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