Sunday morning CNN/ORC released the first major poll since Wednesday’s debate and as many have predicted the “pot” has been stirred. The survey was conducted the three days Wednesday night’s GOP debate on CNN reported Donald Trump still leads but has fallen back to the crowd a bit. Looking at Republicans only, Carly Fiorina’s debate performance has pushed her into second place, Marco Rubio support has also jumped up, and Dr. Ben Carson has lost some support. Jeb Bush who needed a good debate to show some support gains remained flat at 9%.
Trump is still the front-runner with 24% support, meaning he lost a quarter of his support since the debate when he was at 32%. Ben Carson seemed to be gaining momentum before the debate reaching 19%, is now at 14%.
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The big winner was Fiorina who was at 3% before her strong debate performance and now sits in second place just ahead of Carson with 15%. Rubio also at 3% before the debate jumped up to 11% behind Carson.
Another big surprise was Wisconsin Gov. Walker who led the field most of the spring, continued his slide. The governor was at 5% on the CNN poll before the debate and now registers at >.5%.
The poll also shows that perhaps it is time for some of those people at the bottom who participated in the “happy hour debate” to drop out and leave the race to people who can rally some support.
As for the debate itself, by a large margin most Republicans thought that Carly Fiorina won (52%), followed by Rubio (14%), and Trump (11%).
On the negative side, 31% of Republicans believe Trump lost the debate, followed by Paul (22%) and Bush (9%).
Keep in mind that we are still months away from the first contest the Iowa caucus is on February 1, 2016, a lot can happen between now and then.
The full CNN/ORC poll is embedded below: