Forty-seven percent of Republican registered voters said that they believe the real estate magnate and 2016 GOP frontrunner is harming the image of the party, versus 35 percent who say he is helping the brand.
Twenty-nine percent say Bush is helping the party’s image, just 17 percent say he is hurting it, and 45 percent say he is having no impact on the GOP brand.
Bush has been advocating for a more measured response to problems like illegal immigration, while Trump has made headlines for suggesting that Mexico is “sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Republicans are also split when it comes to considering giving their support to Trump for the GOP nod, although the share of Republican voters who say they can see themselves backing him has increased since last month.
Even as Donald Trump leads in the GOP presidential horse race, nearly half of Republicans believe that he is hurting their party’s image, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.