This poll finds most Americans agree with Donald Trump

September 24, 2015, 12:13 PM UTC
Caption:PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 11: Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump spoke about illegal immigration and other topics in front of an estimated crowd of 4,200. (Photo by Charlie Leight/Getty Images)
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Most Americans believe that the United States is not as great as it once was, which puts them in agreement with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

Seventy-two percent of Americans had that assessment of the country in a new survey by Bloomberg Politics — a view of the nation that is central to the Trump campaign. Thirty-seven percent of respondents to the survey also said that they would prefer to see a government outsider leading the country. Amongst the Republicans the desire for an outsider is even more pronounced, with 51% saying they want a candidate who hasn’t worked in government, but still has proven leadership skills.

The results help explain why Trump continues to lead the large Republican field, with 21% of registered Republicans naming him their first choice for president in the Bloomberg poll. Following Trump is Ben Carson, another outsider, with a 16% share. Former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CEO Carly Fiorina, yet another outsider, came in fourth with an 11% share, with Jeb Bush edging her out slightly with 13%.

Regarding the economy, 27% of Americans said their financial security is getting better, while 15% said theirs is getting worse. However, a whopping 70% said they’ve observed the gap between the wealthy and everyone else growing larger.

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