10/04/2015 05:22 pm ET

Donald Trump Says He'll Quit The Race If Polls Turn Against Him

"I'm not a masochist."
The GOP presidential candidate expressed his faith in polling.
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The GOP presidential candidate expressed his faith in polling.

Donald Trump said on Sunday that he will drop out of the presidential race if polling shows that he is going to lose.

"I'm not a masochist," the entertainer and Republican presidential candidate said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And if I was dropping in the polls, where I saw that I wasn't gonna win, why would I continue?"

Trump expressed confidence in the predictive nature of polling.

"I believe in polls," he said. "How many elections do you see where the polls were wrong? Not that many."

Trump is currently leading in surveys on the Republican primary with 25.6 percent, according to HuffPost Pollster's average of major public polls.

Presidential primary polls are actually a notoriously poor indicator of a candidate's viability, especially toward the beginning of a race. Early front-runners like Trump often fall rapidly as the contest heats up.

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