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Rasmussen: Donald Trump Remains Top Dog in GOP Contest

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Political commentators believe that Tuesday’s primary contest in New Hampshire is a make-or-break moment for Donald Trump. Lacking a traditional ground game in Iowa, Trump failed to morph his popularity in the polls to actual votes, and that could very well happen again in the Granite State.

Still, according to Rasmussen, Trump not only remains the front-runner in the eyes of the public, but is holding onto a commanding lead.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds that Trump earns 31% support, followed by Rubio with 21% and Cruz at 20%. The rest of the candidates are in mid- to low single digits,” the latest report states.

Rasmussen says that the order of the top three candidates has not changed much since the polling group looked at the entire race in mid-December. In fact, they have all been able to make slight gains at the expense of lower-tier candidates, something that will be interesting to watch as the field continues to shrink.

 

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Rasmussen Reports surveyed Americans prior to Saturday’s GOP debate, so what affect the candidates’ performances had on New Hampshire may not be fully assessed until the election results are in Tuesday night.

Rasmussen isn’t the only polling source showing Trump maintaining his lead after finishing second in the Iowa. Real Clear Politics shows Trump leading with a nearly 9-point spread nationally (averaging the results of 4 polls) and a 17-point spread in New Hampshire.

While several media outlets have called Iowa a major blow for Trump, he did come in second without spending much money and not having the same on-the-ground operations as Ted Cruz, winner of the Republican Iowa caucus, and Marco Rubio, who came in third.

However, Trump learned the hard way that no matter how much name recognition or media coverage he has, if he wants to win an election and secure his lead, he needs people on the ground, getting his supporters to the polls.

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Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough......................An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all). After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on) These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment: 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! 5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough .....If The LIBERALS & Bernie The Socialist have their way McDonalds will be forced to pay their employees $15 an hour. That happens and those employees will have to find a different job. You don't really want this do you???.......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1noJeA7D9U

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

If The LIBERALS have their way McDonalds will be forced to pay their employees $15 an hour. That happens and those employees will have to find a different job. You don't really want this do you???

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

BTW, my MOS was 96D. After basic and AIT, I spent my entire tour in Germany with a long TDY in Berlin. The guy in charge of the shop there like to tell us not to get too comfortable, because when the stuff hits the fan we all become 11B. :)

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

“Bernies [sic] FREE college plan would end the insensitive [sic] of the GI bill for the US Military.” With any career choice, one considers many variable. Pay and benefits are important considerations. So are job availability, job security, and dedication to country. Bernie’s proposal for college tuition could lessen the incentive of military education benefits but, perhaps, not to the point of affecting recruitment or readiness. As I stated before, if the program has strict academic requirements, as well as financial need, then those not making the cut would still be available to military recruiters. What you are alluding to is what I call the back door draft. When the economy cannot support full employment, it is easier to attract military recruits. When sons and daughters die in hellholes overseas, they are usually not those of the people making the decision to wage wars. I have a problem with that. Watching Colin Powell present "evidence" at the U.N. was one of the sadder days in my history of following politics. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206289335616219&set=a.1467722776984.2081129.1351018011&type=3&theater

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

Matt Oatway Actually, my wife’s current best friend lives in Winnipeg (the internet is so great), and we have vacationed over the past 20 years with a couple who lives just outside of London. She is originally from Norway, but he is a Welshman that has received health care via their National Health Service all his life. We know the pros and cons of both systems. Bernie says we should accept the notion of a single payer plan based on the fact that other developed countries have had them for a long time. That is perhaps more credible than you saying we should not because of this or that flaw in the plans of Canada or the U.K., but whether it’s Canada, the U.K., France, or Denmark, any reference to their plans is not actually relevant to what we might adopt in this country. My mother has been on Medicare for 20 years. My wife just went on last December. Both can go to any doctor they choose. I don’t know of any doctors in our city that do not accept Medicare. I’m not sure you know the rules of Chess. You state, “The VA allows Vets/taxpayers to buy their own insurance outside the VA and go to any doctor the taxpayer wants. It is up to the Vet/taxpayer to use or not use the VA's services.” Veterans were promised “free” health care for life. What are you talking about “allowing” vets to buy their own insurance outside the VA? Check.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough ...Just so you know I really do hope Bernie Sanders is the Democrats pick. If the Democrat Party defines itself as a SOCIALIST PARTY it will be the final nail in their coffin. Hillary will be easy to beat. Hell both Hillary and Bernie will be easy to beat. Thing is I want to see the Democrat Party label itself a Socialist Party. Having Bernie as their main guy will 100% destroy the Democrat Party. The large amount of seats in the House and Senate they would lose would be awesome to witness. Lawless criminals(aka:Democrats) destroying themselves will always get my applause.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough.............. I look forward to you explaining what having NO GI BILL does for the US Military's readiness and the safety of America.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough....... Bernies FREE college plan would end the insensitive of the GI bill for the US Military. WHAT SAY YOU ON THIS MATTER???

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough ..... A Socialist single payer system gives a taxpayer no choices. The taxpayer has to go to a doctor on a Govt list of doctors available that Govt says you can only use. The VA allows Vets/taxpayers to buy their own insurance outside the VA and go to any doctor the taxpayer wants. It is up to the Vet/taxpayer to use or not use the VA's services. I say you are totally mistaken about calling the VA Socialist for that very reason........................ Checkmate

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Do you really want that for your family???

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Is Socialized Really Better? Just ask citizens of Canada or the United Kingdom, two nations famous for their universal healthcare systems. Many Canadians love to talk of their “free” healthcare system, forgetting that if a free lunch doesn’t exist, then a free colonoscopy can’t either. Neither doctor salaries nor cardiopulmonary bypass pumps are cheap, and the money to pay for them has to come from somewhere. Canadian health care expenditures work out to just shy of $6,000 per capita per year, compared to the top-ranked U.S. with $8,233. In Canada, nearly all of the $6,000 is funded via taxes. Less than half of that comes from income taxes with the bulk of the costs bankrolled by corporate and sales taxes. Increases in per capita healthcare spending in Canada have kept pace with those in the U.S., expenditures in the former having almost tripled since the mid-70s, going from $39.7 billion to $137.3 billion. The Canadian government not only acknowledges that many of its citizens have to wait a long time for care, but recently spent an additional billion dollars to examine the issue. In the meantime, watching the months pass is an unavoidable component of Canadian healthcare. If you want a new hip or knee, prepare to live with your old one for at least half a year. Wait times are a fact of life under socialized medicine in the United Kingdom, too. The U.K.’s National Health Service claims that you shouldn’t have to wait longer than 4.5 months for your approved service yet recent reports say patients can wait as long as eight months for cataract surgery. Wait times in Canada are increasing, too and are up by 95% since 1993, according to one measure. At least one Canadian doctor has pointed out the absurdity of dogs being able to see specialists faster than humans can. In the U.S., such wait times aren’t even an issue.

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

We can talk about college tuition later, but I prefer Chess. :)

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

I have to go out again today but, briefly, the government owns VA hospitals and clinics. The government hires and fires doctors, nurses, and administrative staff. The government funds and directs the operations. That is the true definition of Socialism. In a single payer plan, the hospitals are privately owned and the doctors remain in private practice. They contract with the government to provide services for a negotiated rate of reimbursement. This is primarily how Medicare works. The key is to keep reimbursement rates high enough for private doctors to take Medicare patients. That process is continually in a state of flux. A single payer plan would be far more efficient for both the government and providers.

Jeff Marston
Jeff Marston

Well, I guess that question was answered.  

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough ....... Bernies FREE college plan would end the insensitive of the GI bill for the US Military. If a US Military draft was to be the consequences of all of that and now that college students(males over the age of 18 and yes FEMALES as well over the age of 18) get a free ride. Would those same students be exempt from serving during a war??? Do you see that picture or are you just playing checkers???

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough ....... Bernies FREE college plan would end the insensitive of the GI bill for the US Military. If a US Military draft was to be the consequences of all of that and now that college students get a free ride. Would those same students be exempt from serving during a war??? Do you see that picture or are you just playing checkers???

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough ..........The Info you posted about Bernies 52% top rate was very informative. You really should have read all of it. It shines a light on the SO CALLED DRAWN UP PICTURE YOU BROUGHT UP. It explains how Obamacare + Useless Socialist Bernie = a even higher top rate %.

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

I'm on the road now. I'll get back to you later.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough......Pay close attention to what I wrote you here: ................................"Ok I now see your 52% info. It also says this: "Sanders states that the Affordable Care Act was a “critically important step” towards a universal health care plan, which would seem to indicate that Sanders would not repeal the ACA. As a result, the top rate on ordinary income and long-term capital gains could actually climb as high as 55.8%." It say it could go even higher and Bernie also said he is good with 90% on live TV and never disputed a 90% top rate."

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough with all the Vets in your family why insult them and their hard work by wanting a OLD SOCIALIST as the Commander and Chief???

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Do you see the VA as a free handout for Vets???

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

If you understand the VA is a disaster why would you want the rest of the US to have such a bad healthcare system like the VA.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough Please explain how the VA is working out for Vets. Also please explain how you figure it is SOCIALIST.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Ok I now see your 52% info. It also says this: "Sanders states that the Affordable Care Act was a “critically important step” towards a universal health care plan, which would seem to indicate that Sanders would not repeal the ACA. As a result, the top rate on ordinary income and long-term capital gains could actually climb as high as 55.8%." It say it could go even higher and Bernie also said he is good with 90% on live TV and never disputed a 90% top rate.

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

P.S. Three uncles retired AF, one of which recieved a Bronze Star for action on D-Day while beginning military service in the Army. But again, that is not the issue.

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

Matt Oatway I already did above in the Forbes article, just before you went on a tear. :)

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

My wife is also a Navy vet, so I won't hold that against you. :) Father-in-law retired as a full bird from AF. Two brother-in-laws graduated Citadel. AF sent one to med school. So what? Sorry, but the only socialist health care in the country is the VA, and it is a disaster.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough......Please post where you got that Bernie only wants a 52% top rate...........THANK YOU

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough........... Sadly, even when you draw them a picture, some people still don't get it.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough You asked If I served........I was born a military brat as was my little sister. Yup we both loaned our father and our childhood to the USA. My father is a retired Navy Captain and was a fighter pilot. My little sister retired AirForce. My brother in law is retired Airforce. My father in law is a retired AirForce Colonel . My Uncle is a retired Army Colonel and was the principle for 6 years of a school you might have heard of (The Citadel). I served under Reagan, Bush Sr, and Clinton in the USN. I hope that helps you understand my problem with freeloaders that think free stuff is what makes a great Commander and Chief!!!! Now as far as Obamacare goes. It replaced the best healthcare system in the world and now is a total progressive socialist nightmare with high deductibles and fines. Obama and the Democrats created it without a single Republican vote. Now the House and Senate seats the Democrats once had are totally gone. That is the consequences for killing the best healthcare system in the world. If you think a OLD SOCIALIST will make a great Commander and Chief I say SHAME ON YOU STEVE.

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

Having paid my own way through college, I was initially opposed to free college tuition, but times have changed. I can buy into it as long as the qualifications for assistance include academic merit as well as financial need. I would also like it to be targeted to fields of study where jobs actually exist. Hopefully, that will soon include many in the field of health care. :)

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

When Republicans say they will repeal and replace "Obamacare", they have no details on what they will replace it with. Bernie has a very specific plan for replacing it.

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

Sadly, even when you draw them a picture, some people still don't get it.

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

In it's current configuration, Congress will be a problem for any President.

Steve Hough
Steve Hough

Yes, there are some older women who want to see a woman become president in their lifetime, no matter who, and their time is running out. However, many, many young women aren’t in such a big hurry. They are backing Bernie. The talk about a 90% tax rate is dated. Bernie’s staff obviously got scared and backed off. His published proposal has a highest marginal rate of 52%. I served four years in the Army. How about you? #Vets4Bernie. Before I retired, and before “Obamacare”, I had Blue Cross Blue Shield through my employer. I was also responsible for administering employee benefits. Every year the premiums and deductibles went up, and benefits were reduced. This has been going on since the ‘80s. My last year’s premium, for my wife and I, was over $600 per month with $10,000 deductible/max out-of-pocket. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=673858129312874&set=a.673855315979822.1073741835.100000660789623&type=3&theater

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Looks like the Democrats could care less about the US Military to me. They seem to be more worried about free college and helping women stay out of hell.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough..... I showed you my homework. Please show me your homework. Where did you get that Bernie proposed a 52% top rate???

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

.Do you really believe Bernie Sanders can sell the Republican House and Republican Senate on funding a single payer system????

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough.........Free college is what Clown Show Bernie has all the students drooling over. The most useless generation in America's history wants free college now and is willing to stick the US military with a socialist boss in order to get their free college. FREAKING AMAZING!!!!

Wayne Bishop
Wayne Bishop

This is more and more looking like a Dem page.

Matt Oatway
Matt Oatway

Steve Hough ......Bernie will have America stuck paying $6000 deductibles per person per family because it is a Progressive Democrat law on the books that would have to be changed and go through all the process of changing it. NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN for a single payer system. The Republican House and Senate will never go along with a failed system like that system and folks will be paying way way way more "Bernie Taxes.. Yup most American's will feel that "BURN." Maybe even 90% of their paycheck? How would folks pay off their $6000+ healthcare deductibles per person in the household??? Steve where did you get that Bernie has proposed a 52% top rate???