Donald Trump Leads Republican Presidential Field in New National Poll

He's followed by Bush, Walker, and Cruz.

Donald Trump is taking hits from Democrats and top Republicans officials for his comments—but the controversy hasn't knocked him from the top of national field among Republican primary voters, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Trump comes in as the first choice of 17 percent of likely GOP primary voters in the latest national poll, conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University. His closest competitor is Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 14 percent. After Bush, it's Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (8 percent), Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (6 percent), Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (5 percent), neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (4 percent each), and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (3 percent).

The rest of the candidates, who received less than 2 percent support, include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and former New York Gov. George Pataki.

The poll also looks at a scenario that national Democrats contemplate with glee: a Trump-Clinton general election, with Hillary Clinton coming out far ahead. In a theoretical matchup, the GOP business tycoon trails Clinton by 17 points, 51 percent to 34 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults, including 349 likely Republican primary voters, from July 9-12. The general-election numbers have a margin of error or +/- 3 percentage points; the GOP primary numbers have a margin of error of +/- 5.25 percentage points.