A new poll out today from Public Policy Polling shows Donald Trump maintaing an edge over his potential rivals for the G.O.P. nomination.
The survey gave Trump a slightly larger lead than previous polls, with a 26 percent to 17 percent advantage over his nearest rival, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich each scored in the double digits.
The poll also showed that only 38 percent of Republican primary voters would be willing to support a candidate who rejects birtherism, and 23 percent would only vote for a birther. Trump is the favored candidate of that group, leading Huckabee 37 percent to 13 percent.
Critics have accused Trump of using the presidential campaign to drum up interest for his reality television show, Celebrity Apprentice. If that is the gambit, however, it is not working. The Hill points out today that Trump’s television ratings are actually down.
A little more than 7.6 million viewers watched last Sunday’s episode. By comparison, 9.7 million viewers tuned in on April 3. The newspaper points out that the lowest-rated program on Nielsen’s weekly listing of the 20 best-rated programs, Undercover Boss, drew 8.9 million viewers last week.
That viewership was Trump’s lowest number for the season.