In general election match-ups, Carson is the only GOP candidate who tops Clinton – earning 49 percent support among all voters to Clinton’s 42 percent. Marco Rubiohas leapfrogged a onetime mentor, former Gov. Jeb Bush, in a poll of Florida voters released Wednesday by Florida Atlantic University. Not all primary voters are equal, though. Overall, a larger number say they would definitely not support the real estate mogul than would vote for him. Before the debate, 46% had a positive impression of Bush, and now, 47% do, virtually no change.
Fiorina barely came out on top in the head-to-head matchup with 44 percent support, compared to Clinton’s 43 percent. She is now the best-liked candidate in the field.
When asked about Trump’s comments in last week’s debate, Fiorina offered a strong rebuke: “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said”. “Our mindset from the start was to run lean and mean and to never get into a situation where we had built a campaign that we couldn’t pay for, and I just don’t know how many times people have to learn that lesson”.
Russell: This Republican race is starting to not only fill the stands and leave standing room only, but everyone is on their feet cheering on a thrilling Republican race.
Several candidates saw the debates drive their reviews in the opposite direction, with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will reportedly file next week. Ted Cruz losing the most ground. The former neurosurgeon has the highest net favorability of any candidate running, the survey found, followed by Biden. His support in the race for the GOP nomination has dipped to just 3%. He doesn’t think he does, but he is, so naturally, he’s doing some outreach by heading down to South Carolina to speak at a conference for minority business owners. So if you’re looking for who might be the next candidate to drop out, it could be one of them.
Separately, a new poll in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary of the contest, showed a similar pattern: Trump is atop the field with 26 percent in the survey by the University of New Hampshire, which was released Thursday.
A conservative political scientist says a recent event provided a telltale sign that Donald Trump has a serious problem that ultimately could doom his campaign to failure. The poll has a margin of error of 2.99 among results drawing from all voters and 4.31 for the Republican primary results.