By Tim Malloy
Assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll
There has never been a presidential candidate quite like Donald Trump.
He is wealthy, famous and seems to play fearlessly by his own rules. He has been part of the American culture for years – and everyone has an opinion on him.
He is dominating the headlines and appears to have survived what some consider outrageous comments about Mexicans and John McCain.
Most importantly, he has sucked the air out of the campaigns of his GOP rivals — at least for now.
It’s important to remember though that Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Michele Bachmann were once front-runners who quickly faded.
In an August 2007 national Quinnipiac poll, Giuliani was at 28 percent among Republican voters. Romney was at 15 percent, Thompson was at 12 percent and McCain was at 11 percent. McCain eventually garnered the 2008 Republican nomination for president
Categories: Quinnipiac Poll