Post-Debate Polls Shows Donald Trump Dominating Field Despite Not Being There
A new poll from conservative website Drudge Report shows one presidential candidate dominating the Republican field.
As of 10:45 a.m. on January 29, the morning after the last Republican debate, 782,754 people had voted in the poll.
Donald Trump had 63 percent of the votes, or 491,462.
Only three other candidates managed to garner more than one percent of the votes—led by Ted Cruz, who has emerged as the main contender to Trump in recent weeks. Cruz earned 18 percent of the votes, or 143,930.
Marco Rubio earned 7 percent and Rand Paul earned 5 percent.
The snap poll results were echoed by a Time Magazine poll asking who won the debate—53 percent of respondents voted “Donald Trump, even though he skipped it.”
Paul (19 percent), Rubio (12 percent), and Cruz (7 percent), rounded out the results.
And a poll from The Blaze had Trump winning the debate for 52 percent of the respondents, well ahead of Cruz (23 percent), Paul (10 percent), and Rubio (8 percent).
Trump dominated social media during the debate, leading the entire Republican pack in Twitter mentions throughout the first half of the debate, according to data from social media analytics firm Zoomph cited by Reuters.
He was by far the most-searched-for candidate on Google during the first half of the debate, at one point outpacing the second-most-searched-for candidate, Rubio, by nearly four-to-one, according to Google Trends data.
Trump has also been firmly atop nearly every other recent poll, including primary polls for the early voting states.
Trump garnered 31 percent of the vote in a January 28 IBD/TIPP nationwide poll, with Cruz in second with 21 percent and no one else earning more than 10 percent.
In an Iowa Republican caucus poll from NBC/WSL,Marist, Trump had 32 percent, with Cruz at 25 percent and Rubio at 18 percent.
And in a New Hampshire Republican presidential primary poll from Suffolk University, Trump had 27 percent, with Cruz and Governor of Ohio John Kasich each with 12 percent. Jeb Bush had 11 percent and Rubio had 10 percent.
“Donald Trump’s loyal 27 percent continues to stand tall in New Hampshire,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told the Boston Globe.
“The 27 percent isn’t a skyscraper, but it towers over the four candidates vying for second place. One of those four candidates needs a big Iowa surprise to create momentum so that he can break into the 20 percent range in New Hampshire.”