Trump “tough on terror” message triggers popularity surge post ISIS attacks

By Ali Elkin

(Bloomberg) – With the first votes of the 2016 presidential race a little more than two months away, Donald Trump is showing renewed support among likely Republican voters after the Islamic State attacks in Paris gave him a chance to showcase a “tough on terror ” message.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex in Birmingham, Alabama November 21, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex in Birmingham, Alabama November 21, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry.

Trump has reclaimed the outright lead in Iowa, according to a CBS/YouGov poll released Sunday, with 30 percent support among registered Republican voters in the state. Ben Carson, who was tied with Trump in the same poll a month ago, has fallen to third place with 19 percent support, behind Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who earned 21 percent support.

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The news is even better for Trump in New Hampshire, where CBS/YouGov found that the billionaire real estate developer and reality television star has an even more commanding lead. Trump registers 32 percent support, while second place in the poll goes to Florida Senator Marco Rubio with 13 percent.

Taken Nov. 15-19, the battleground state polls show that the Paris terrorist attacks of Nov. 13 have not hurt Trump’s candidacy. Arguably, a string of statements regarding the measures the U.S. should take combat Islamic State terrorists and track potential threats inside the country has helped Trump’s standing among Republican primary voters.

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Released Saturday, a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of  New Hampshire voters also found Trump to be leading Carson among Republicans by double-digits, 22 percent to 10 percent. That trend is also playing out nationally. A Washington Post/ABC News national poll also out Sunday, Trump maintained a 10-point lead over Carson as the top choice of 32 percent of those polled. Carson stayed in second place with 22 percent. Another national poll, from Fox News, also found Trump to be in the lead with 28 percent, 10 points ahead of Carson.

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