Conservatives are stunned by a new poll by Public Policy Polling, which shows the party’s presidential candidates losing ground in national polls, while Hillary Clinton is surging ahead in Iowa and New Hampshire.
The latest numbers released on Monday reveal that Republican candidates are losing ground among likely voters and have fallen from a 25-point lead to just 14 points in Iowa, a poll conducted in January showed.
The GOP has seen its poll numbers drop from 25 points in February to 9 points now.
“I am dumbfounded that so many people are taking our campaign for granted,” conservative commentator Matt Schlapp told the Washington Examiner.
“It is becoming more and more obvious that it is not working for our party, that we are not going to win the presidency.”
While the poll did not break down the reasons for Trump’s continued decline, the numbers are “pretty consistent with the political media’s narrative that we have lost our way,” he said.
“In fact, there is a good chance that we will not even have the votes in Iowa for Trump to win.”
While many people have expressed concern over Trump’s performance, many have also expressed concern that the poll shows that he is leading the GOP field among women, voters under the age of 30 and voters who do not identify with any political party.
The poll’s results also reveal that voters under 45 are the most likely to support a Republican candidate.
The survey also found that Americans under 30 are most likely not to support the GOP candidate, while voters over the age 65 are more likely to back Trump.
The findings are just the latest in a string of polling data from the Republican Party that show Trump struggling to gain support in the early-voting states of South Carolina and Nevada.
Trump has lost ground in the states as well, falling from a 13-point advantage in early February to just 8 points now, according to RealClearPolitics, a daily tracking poll.
Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Post.