New Poll: Trump or Ryan? GOP Voters Pick the Donald

From left: Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
From left: Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)

In a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll released today, Donald Trump continued to close in on Hillary Clinton nationally, with the numbers showing him down just three points, 48 percent to 45 percent. This was a jump from the 5-point deficit NBC News showed just a week earlier and continues the trend of polls suggesting a tight general election race.

However, the more interesting finding from the survey involved intra-Republican politics. GOP and GOP-leaning voters were asked whether they trust Donald Trump or House Speaker Paul Ryan to lead the party, and they went decisively for Trump, 58 percent to 39 percent. This came despite Trump having a slightly lower favorability rating than Ryan — with 37 percent viewing the Donald favorably versus 42 percent for the House Speaker — although this was asked among all voters, not just Republicans.

As Frank pointed out yesterday, however, when it comes to uniting the Republican Party, Trump would appear to be much further along than many GOP leaders give him credit for.

Paul Dupont is the managing editor for