Donald Trump's poll numbers continue to improve in New Hampshire, despite his recent controversial remarks.
Trump received the support of approximately 24 percent of likely GOP primary voters in the Granite State, according to a new Monmouth University survey conducted after Trump's pejorative remarks about Sen. John McCain's military service. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finished second with 12 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tied for third at 7 percent.
"Donald Trump holds a sizable edge in the Monmouth University Poll of likely New Hampshire Republican presidential primary voters, with a 2-to-1 edge over his nearest rival Jeb Bush," a release from Patrick Murray, Monmouth University Polling Institute's director, noted. "When second choices are taken into account, Trump takes votes from nearly all of his opponents, but appears to hurt Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and Ted Cruz the most."
The poll concluded that if Trump were to drop out of the race, Christie, Cruz, and Walker could each see a three to four percentage point improvement in New Hampshire.
Trump did best in the poll among self-identified "very conservative" and "somewhat conservative voters," but finished as the number two choice of "moderate to liberal voters," behind Bush.
Approximately 15 percent of the voters surveyed said they had met or seen one of the candidates in person, with the largest amount of respondents saying they had seen New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But the governor's visibility has not yet paid off.
"The controversy over comments about John McCain's war service do not appear to have slowed the Trump steamroller," Murray said in a statement. "Despite spending much of his time there, Christie does much better as a second choice rather than the first pick in New Hampshire. It seems that Trump has stolen the New Jersey governor's 'telling it like it is' thunder."
The poll also noted that Kasich has had an impact in the state since his announcement, and that his and Fiorina's favorability ratings appeared much better among Republicans in the "Live Free or Die" state than they did nationwide.
Five GOP presidential candidates earned net negative favorability ratings in New Hampshire, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Govs. George Pataki of New York and Jim Gilmore of Virginia.
The statewide survey of 467 New Hampshire residents registered as Republican or Independent voters was conducted July 23-26 by Monmouth University.