Previewing a national poll released Thursday, the Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling revealed Donald Trump's standing is "significantly diminished":
Started a national poll tonight that we’ll release Thursday but already clear- Trump’s standing significantly diminished— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) February 3, 2016
According to a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday, Trump leads the pack with 25 percent support and Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are tied with 21 percent:
- Donald Trump - 25%
- Ted Cruz - 21%
- Marco Rubio - 21%
- Ben Carson - 11%
- Jeb Bush - 5%
- John Kasich - 5%
- Rand Paul -5%
Sen. Rand Paul quit the race Wednesday.
The PPP poll was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, the two days immediately following the Iowa Republican caucuses won by Sen. Ted Cruz. Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a prepared statement that Trump has seen some cratering in his support this week:
A key part of his message has always been that he’s a winner and now that he’s lost something Republicans — and especially conservatives — aren’t finding him as compelling as they did a few weeks ago.
The Real Clear Politics average for the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary still shows Trump with more than a 20 point lead.
Trump's unexpected defeat at the hands of Cruz in the Iowa Republican Caucus destroyed Trump's presumed invincibility and should surely diminish Trump. That it was a come from behind upset victory for Cruz makes it even more powerful. Now the Iowa result are impacting the New Hampshire Primary.
Even Trump now admits that his cut and run from the Iowa debate stunt to avoid tough gotcha questions from Megyn Kelly and debate Cruz was a mistake. But there is more to Trump's diminishment. Yes, Trump has his die-hard faithful followers. But they are folks who tend not to vote. The Trump campaign finds it difficult overcome Trump's unpopularity, horrific unfavorable ratings, New York values, and his problem with women.