A new poll shows conservatives and independent voters believe Donald Trump is the best-suited Republican candidate to deal with jobs and the economy, and that this factor is a big reason for Trump's wide support.
A net 64 percent of respondents in a national poll said Trump would be best on jobs and economy, according to a Gallup poll conducted Feb. 26-28. Trump received nearly four times more support than runner-up Sen. Marco Rubio, who scored 17 percent on the same issue.
Trump, who is ranked first in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, swept the six-category poll, and took first place by a landslide on five of the issues. The GOP front-runner had 61 percent of voters' support on handling the federal budget deficit, nearly four times Rubio's 16 percent second place finish.
"These strengths appear to be at the core of his support, tying in with the persistent economic anxiety Republicans express on a host of Gallup measures, such as confidence in the economy and their own economic progress," Gallup poll experts Frank Newport and Lydia Saad concluded.
Trump stomped Rubio on immigration, national defense and security against terrorism and healthcare by a rate of 2-to-1. The Manhattan billionaire only saw a steep decline in his support on the issue of abortion, where he tied at 29 percent with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
It is likely voters see economic issues as Trump's strong suit because of his business background in real estate and promises he has made regarding trade while on the campaign trail. While many of his views are similar with other Republican candidates, it's Trump's "can do" attitude, that those polled said sets him apart from the competition.
A majority, 56 percent, said Trump would accomplish what he sets out to do as president. One-quarter of those polled believe Trump, a former Democrat, would govern as a true conservative while 25 percent also said he has the right temperament to be president.
The Gallup poll had a 5 percent margin of error.