Poll: Trump’s Attacks On George W. Bush Not Hurting Him In South Carolina – The Daily Caller

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After Donald Trump repeatedly attacked George W. Bush in Saturday’s Republican presidential debate, the conventional wisdom was that the attacks could backfire in South Carolina, where the former GOP president is popular among primary voters.

But a new Public Policy Polling poll of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters in the two days after the debate shows that not to be the case, as Trump is still leading his opponents by 17 points.

According to the poll, Trump is at 35 percent; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is at 18 percent; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is at 18 percent; Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at 10 percent; and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are both at 7 percent.

“There’s been a lot of speculation that Trump might take on water after attacking George W. Bush on Saturday night,” Public Policy Polling acknowledged in a memo about the poll.

“But despite his comments, Trump is still leading even among voters with a positive view of George W. Bush — he gets 26 percent to 22 percent for Cruz, 20 percent for Rubio, and 10 percent for Jeb Bush. And Trump is dominant with the swath of voters that doesn’t like George W. Bush, getting 57 percent to 12 percent for Kasich, and 11 percent each for Cruz and Rubio.”

During the CBS debate in South Carolina, Trump accused the Bush administration of lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. “They lied,” Trump said during the debate. “They said there were weapons of mass destruction — there were none. And they knew there were none.”

He also argued that it was wrong to say George W. Bush kept the country safe during his presidency. “The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign,” Trump told Jeb Bush during the debate. “Remember that.”

The prevalent argument was that Republican voters would be turned off by Trump’s personal attacks on Bush. (The PPP poll shows that Bush is popular with 64 percent of voters seeing him favorably.)

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