Jeb Bush trails Donald Trump by 21 percentage points in new Quinnipiac national poll

Jeb Bush‘s not-so-great week got worse Thursday.

The former Florida governor began it by defending his use of the controversial term, “anchor babies.” Then he said it was more of an Asian issue than one involving Latino immigrants. Later it was reported that there have been money issues with his campaign, with some staff members’ paychecks that recently “shrank.”

Now Bush wakes up to a new national Quinnipiac poll on the GOP 2016 race, where he finds himself trailing Donald Trump by 21 points.

Trump is at 28 percent, Ben Carson is second with 12 percent, and Jeb is now tied in third place with just 7 percent of the vote, along with fellow Miami area resident Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

No other Republican tops 6 percent and 11 percent are undecided.

Trump also tops the “no way” list as 26 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support him. Bush is next with 18 percent.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads the field with 45 percent, down from 55 percent July 30, with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 22 percent and Vice President Joe Biden at 18 percent. No other candidate tops 1 percent with 11 percent undecided. This is Sanders’ highest tally and closest margin.

By a 61-34 percent margin, voters say Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, her lowest score ever in a Quinnipiac poll.

Bush also has a negative 32 – 41 percent favorability rating among all voters.

If Trump runs as a third party candidate, Clinton gets 40 percent, with 24 percent each for Bush and Trump.

Quinnipiac also did an interesting word cloud survey. “Liar” is the first word that comes to mind more than others in an open-ended question when voters think of Clinton. “Arrogant” is the word for Trump and voters say “Bush” when they think of Bush.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,563 registered voters nationwide from August 20-25. The margin of error of +/-2.5 percentage points. The survey includes 666 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points and 647 Democrats with a margin of error of +/-3.9 percentage points.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]


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