Anti-Muslim rant seems to have helped, Trump's popularity continues to soar

donald-trump-pop (File) Donald Trump at his anti-immigration rally in Arizona recently | Reuters

Republican frontrunner gains 11 points to have his popularity at 39 per cent

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's popularity rating has soared to a new height as the New York-based real estate tycoon gained 11 points in the last one month to have his popularity at 39 per cent.

Sixty-nine-year-old Trump's gain in 11 per cent came after his comment on temporary banning entry of all Muslims into the US.

His nearest Republican rival Ted Cruz is at 18 per cent, who is followed by Marco Rubio with 11 per cent and Ben Carson at nine per cent.

The Fox News, which conducted the national poll said all interviews for the new poll were done since December 15 Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Trump leads in another national poll released by Public Policy Polling.

According to it, Trump has support of 34 per cent Republican voters. He is followed by Cruz with 18 per cent, Rubio with 13 per cent and Jeb Bush with seven per cent.

As per RealClearPolitics.Com which maintains an average of all major national polls, Trumps popularity rating is 33.8 per cent which keeps him on top ahead of all Republican presidential candidates.

He is followed by Cruz with 16.6 per cent, Rubio (12. 4 per cent), Carson (11 per cent) and Bush (4.2 per cent).

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