Maybe he is a “serious candidate” after all — despite what GOP strategist Karl Rove says.
Trump ranked second with 11 percent of the support in the poll of Republicans likely to vote in the presidential primary. He was beat out by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who was backed by 14 percent.
Other candidates who received notable support were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) with 8 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), with 7 percent.
Of those polled, 29 percent were undecided.
The poll looked at a broader range of potential GOP candidates than many other polls — 19 in all.
But Trump, who said he filed his official campaign paperwork on Monday, was still the least-liked Republican candidate. The poll found that Trump was viewed unfavorably by 49 percent of those surveyed, while only 37 percent reported having a favorable view of him.
The poll was conducted among 500 likely Republican presidential primary voters over the telephone between June 18 and June 22. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.