By Mark Hensch
Donald Trump’s voter support is rising nationwide after last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, a new poll says.
Trump commands a 19-point lead over his competition for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination, according to the Morning Consult survey.
The New York business mogul earns 38 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, it said Tuesday.
“Pundits have gotten rich declaring the impending decline of Donald Trump — and they’ve been consistently wrong,” said James Wyatt, Morning Consult’s director polling.
“Morning Consult isn’t the only poll that shows Trump still has life, and that the rest of the field needs to work overtime to catch him,” he added Tuesday.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson trails the outspoken billionaire with 19 percent of that demographic.
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are next, tying for third with 7 percent apiece.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) rounds out the field’s top five, garnering 6 percent among respondents.
Morning Consult said Tuesday that Trump’s poll numbers are surging from a dip last month.
Trump took 31 percent, it said, during the group’s last sampling for October conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 1. He then scored 34 percent during a survey taken Nov. 5-8, the organization added Tuesday.
Morning Consult conducted its latest sampling of 774 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents via online interviews Nov. 13-16. It has a 3.5 percent margin of error.
Tuesday’s results follow last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that killed about 130 people.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has since claimed responsibility for the bloodshed, also promising further carnage in Washington, D.C.
Trump vowed Monday that he would fiercely punish the extremist group if elected president in 2016.
“I’m going to bomb the s— out of them,” he said during a rally in Knoxville, Tenn., that evening.
“You know the movies. Shoot first, talk later,” Trump added. “You shoot first, you talk about it later.”