• GOP Honchos Will Hate These Post-Debate Poll Numbers

    The first glimpse of the Republican race following Thursdays Fox News debate show Donald Trump maintaining his lead as the party’s front runner, despite the controversy he created for himself following the debate with an attack on Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly over the weekend.

    Twenty-three percent of Republican primary voters would cast a ballot for Trump if the primary were being held right now, according to a new NBC News poll.

    The poll was conducted for 24 hours from Friday evening into Saturday, during which time Trump stayed in the headlines due to his negative comments about Kelly and was dis-invited from a major conservative gathering in Atlanta.

    Texas Sen. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was the second choice in the poll, receiving support from 13 percent of Republican voters. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson surged to third place and earned 11 percent support.  Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, was fourth, with 8 percent.

    The results are surprising considering the limited number of questions offered to Cruz and Carson during the debate, the relegation of Fiorina to a non-prime time debate slot, and the wide consensus that the Fox moderators  attacked Trump during the debate.

    The exact breakdown of the first seven spots in the NBC poll are: Trump 23 percent, Cruz 13 percent, Carson 11 percent, Fiorina 8 percent, Rubio 8 percent, Bush 7 percent and Walker 7 percent.

    The highest poll ranking of a candidate acceptable to the Republicans in D.C. is Florida

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ranks the highest of Republicans in D.C, in fifth place with just 8 percent.

    This early post-debate poll confirms that Americans are increasingly fed-up and turned off of  with politicians of all stripes, regardless their resume or rhetoric.

    The debate was one of the most watched shows on cable ever. Trump’s presence on the stage undoubtedly helped attract far more people than would have otherwise watched an early Presidential primary debate, with a historic 24 million Americans tuning in.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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