Donald Trump holds a commanding double-digit lead over all his rivals in South Carolina, according to the latest Monmouth University survey of likely primary voters released Wednesday afternoon.
Trump earned 35 percent, followed by 19 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 17 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 9 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 8 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 7 percent for Ben Carson. Just 5 percent of voters say they remain undecided among that group.
Overall, 42 percent said they are completely decided ahead of Saturday’s primary, with 31 percent indicating that they have a strong preference. Just 11 percent indicated a slight preference, while 17 percent said they are undecided on their candidate.
Nearly two-in-three of those surveyed said they are dissatisfied with Republican congressional leadership, with 30 percent responding that they are somewhat dissatisfied and 33 percent that they are very dissatisfied.
Republican candidates have traditionally courted South Carolina with an eye to its heavy military presence, though just 17 percent of voters said veterans’ issues are the most important factor in choosing a candidate, while 55 percent called it one of several important considerations ahead of their vote.