A Majority of Republicans Think Trump Will Be GOP Nominee: Poll

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57 percent of likely Republican voters think Trump will be their nominee. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A majority of likely Republican voters think Donald Trump will be their party's nominee for president of the United States in 2016, a new poll shows.

A national telephone survey by Rasmussen found 57 percent of likely Republican voters thought Trump was likely to be the party's nominee, while 25 percent thought it was very likely. That's up significantly from two months ago, when 27 percent said it was likely and 9 percent said it was very likely.

However, 42 percent of likely Republican voters think Trump won't be the party's nominee, while 9 percent think it's very unlikely.

Trump has ricocheted to the top of the polls since entering the race in June. The most recent poll by CNN shows Trump leading the pack by 11 points. His nearest competitor is former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

And Trump has edged within six points of Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, another recent poll by CNN shows.