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Donald Trump and Jeb Bush are in the lead of a packed field of Republican contenders for the Republican Party Presidential nomination for the 2016 Elections, according to a poll done by Reuters-Ipsos released this Saturday.

The billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump has come close to Jeb Bush, the Republican front-runner, former Florida Governor and brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H. W. Bush. The poll shows that Trump has the support of 15.8 percent, compared to the 16.1 percent for Bush. They are followed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with 9.5 percent, the Kentucky Senator Rand Pail with 8.1 percent, Ben Carson with 7.2 percent and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 5.8 percent. The respondents did the online poll and have identified themselves as Republicans. Another poll with the choice of only three candidates, Trump, Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, shows that Bush has a great lead with a support of 42 percent of the respondents, while Trump has the support of 28.4 percent and Marco Rubio has 20 percent support of Republican voters. The Reuters-Ipsos poll included 404 self-identified Republicans. The poll has a credibility interval and a measure of accuracy of 5.7 points.

On the other hand, the same Reuters-Ipsos poll showed that the contenders for the Democratic Presidential nomination have stayed the same with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the lead with the support of 48.3 percent of Democrat voters, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders who has the support of 22.9 percent and Vice President Joe Biden with 10.7 percent. Biden has not yet announced his bid for the White House. The poll included 504 self-identified Democrats.

The close gap between the support for Bush and Trump follows the statements made by Donald Trump during his Presidential campaign announcement on the 16th of June, of negating immigration rights for illegal immigrants from Mexico. With his statements that Mexicans are criminals and rapists and that they bring infections and disease to the American society, he has gathered a large following by the conservative members of the Republican Party. Conservatives have long criticized President Barack Obama of not doing enough to protect the U.S. border with Mexico. Now, that Trump has announced that he will build a wall on the border, he has risen high in the Republican polls and took a dig at fellow Republican and White House hopeful, Jeb Bush for not being strong enough against illegal immigration.. According to Reuters, during a CNN interview Trump said “If my wife were from Mexico, I think I would have a soft spot for the people from Mexico. I can understand that.” However, Trump does not have the support from moderate Republicans and has been under attack from Republican rivals, including Jeb Bush who, according to Reuters, stated that “Everybody has a belief that we should control our borders. But to make these extraordinarily kind of ugly comments is not reflective of the Republican Party. Trump is wrong on this.”

Donald Trump’s controversy of bashing an entire nation and undermining the American values has been under fire in the recent weeks, with many activist demonstrating against him and many business that have been connected to the Trump Empire have cut ties, including Univision, NBC Universal, Macy’s, NASCAR and Serta.

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