Real estate mogul and former reality TV star Donald Trump’s favorability among GOP voters is now almost as high as that of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.
Fifty-seven percent of Republicans now hold a favorable view of Trump, compared to 40 percent who hold an unfavorable view. That is almost a complete turnaround from the last ABC News/Washington Post poll in May that found 65 percent of Republicans saw Trump unfavorably. That poll, released before Trump announced his candidacy, found his favorability at 16 percent.
In the latest survey, Bush only outpaces Trump by 6 points with a 63 percent favorability among Republicans.
The close polling extends to the nation at large. Only 33 percent of Americans see Trump favorably, while 38 percent of Americans view Jeb Bush as favorable, according to the poll. Earlier this week, a national poll was the second to put Trump at the front of the crowded GOP primary race.
However, among Hispanics, the negative views of Trump are now at 81 percent in the ABC/WaPo poll, up from 60 percent in a May poll. Trump began his candidacy anti-Mexican remarks and has doubled down on them since.
Forty-six percent of Hispanics found Bush favorable, according to the survey.
For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton polled at a 52 percent favorability and Bernie Sanders polled at 27 percent favorability.
The poll was conducted by phone from July 8 to July 12 in English and Spanish among a random national same of 1,011 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.