Donald Trump hired three new key staff members as a new poll shows that a majority of the GOP would prefer to nominate a different candidate.
The campaign announced the hiring of Michael Abboud, formerly of the Republican National Committee, as a communications department staff member. He will work on rapid response and daily messaging as well as daily briefings and breaking news.
Alan Cobb, formerly a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, will take on the role of director of coalitions. He has previously served as the Deputy State Director for U.S. Senators Bob Dole and U.S. Senator Sheila Frahm and served as a Campaign Adviser to the 2014 campaigns of Congressman Mike Pompeo and Senator Pat Roberts.
Jason Miller, a former staff member for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, will serve as senior communications adviser. He has shaped successful messages for House, Senate, Gubernatorial campaigns and two presidential campaigns.
“As we continue to work to defeat Hillary Clinton this November, I am constantly building a superior political team. After winning the most votes in the history of a Republican primary contest, we are taking our messages to the people so that we can Make American Great Again,” said Trump in a statement on his website.
The expanded hiring comes as poll numbers show a steady decline for Trump. In a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday, June 27, Trump trails Clinton by 5 points overall, and shows that a majority of the Republicans would prefer a different candidate.
Fifty-two percent of Republicans said that they would prefer a different candidate for their party, while 45 percent said that they were satisfied with their party’s choice.
Over the last couple of weeks, 55 percent of all registered voters who have read about Trump and had a negative view of the Republican nominee, while 20 percent had a favorable view.
The poll was taken following Trump’s response to the deadly shooting in an Orlando nightclub, which was largely criticized by both Republicans and Democrats.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton showed an opposite result, with 52 percent being satisfied with her as the nominee and 45 percent saying they would prefer a different nominee.