Poll Suggests Trump Could Pay for Sitting Out GOP Debate

Frontrunner slips 6 points as several rivals are on the rise
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2023 6:40 PM CDT
Poll Suggests Trump Could Pay for Sitting Out GOP Debate
From left, Republican presidential candidates Asa Hutchinson, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and Doug Burgum stand onstage before a Republican presidential primary debate began on Wednesday in Milwaukee.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

A poll taken after the Republican presidential debate has found changes in the race, with several candidates inching up and the absent frontrunner losing a bit of support. The Emerson College poll showed Donald Trump falling from 56% support among people who plan to vote in a GOP primary to 50%—his low point in an Emerson poll. Trump sat out the debate on Wednesday and has hinted at skipping future debates; the poll results suggest that decision could hurt him, the Hill reports. The poll was conducted Friday and Saturday, surveying 1,000 registered voters and reporting a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Other candidates rose in the standings, though the former president remains the distant frontrunner. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made the biggest jump, from 2% before the debate to 7%. Former Vice President Mike Pence went from 3% to 7%. Although 27% of Republican voters said entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy won the debate last week, per the Hill, his support fell a point to 9%. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held onto second place, ticking up 2 points to 12%. Among respondents, 43% said there is a chance they'll change their mind and vote for someone else when the time comes, Emerson writes. (More Republican presidential primaries stories.)

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