Trump increases lead over GOP field

Trump at Alabama rally

Trump at Alabama rally

A Friday Reuters/ Ipsos poll shows Republican Donald Trump is pulling away from the pack in the race for the party’s U.S. presidential nomination, widening his lead over his closest rivals in the past week.

Nearly 32 percent of Republicans surveyed online said they backed Trump, up from 24 percent a week earlier, the opinion poll found. Trump had nearly double the support of his closest competitor, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who got 16 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was third at 8 percent.

Even when Trump was pitted directly in the poll against just his top two competitors, 44 percent backed him. Bush won about 29 percent of respondents, and Carson 25 percent.

Supporters of the status quo can whine all they want but whatever you think of Trump he has shown there is a massive gulf between what the current political class tells the voters they want, and what the voters really want.