Trump is four points ahead of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, tied for second place
--- Here are the results for the GOP field: Donald Trump: 15 percent; Jeb Bush: 11 percent; Rand Paul: 11 percent; Scott Walker: 9 percent; Marco Rubio: 9 percent; Mike Huckabee: 9 percent; Ben Carson: 7 percent; Chris Christie: 6 percent; Ted Cruz: 4 percent; Carly Fiorina: 3 percent; Rick Perry: 2 percent; Rick Santorum: 2 percent; John Kasich: 2 percent; Lindsey Graham: 1 percent; and George Pataki: 0 percent
Also --- latest poll puts Trump ahead of the rest in GOP race in North Carolina
According to a report in Newsmax, "Billionaire Donald Trump is leading the Republican field in the latest national poll from The Economist/YouGov.... Trump is four points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who are tied for second place, in the poll taken July 4-6 of 1,000 registered voters...." ( See "Economist Poll: Trump Leads GOP Presidential Field" by Courtney Coren, 7/9/15, Newsmax [http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/economist-poll/2015/07/09/id/654285/]).
Cortney Coren's piece in Newsmax went on to say that two-thirds of those who gave Trump as either their first or second choice, also said that they are Tea Party supporters, and several others of Trump's supporters identified as "very conservative." All of which probably means that Mr. Trump's recent comments on immigration through Mexico might be hitting a nerve among GOP voters.
Courtney Coren also reported that ".... Trump's favorable rating has also increased in recent weeks. In mid-June, 38 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of the reality TV star. That number has since jumped 11 percentage points, with 49 percent of GOP voters now saying they view him favorably...."
In spit of all that good news, many Republicans don't believe that Trump will actually win the GOP nomination. The Newsmax data was that ".... [o]nly 7 percent of registered Republican voters think Trump will be the GOP's presidential nominee in 2016. Twenty-nine percent said it will be Bush, 12 percent expect Paul to win the nomination, and Rubio and Walker are tied with 8 percentage points...."
The Newsmax article also noted that ".... Trump is also leading the GOP field in North Carolina, according a new poll by the Public Policy Polling group."