It's just one survey but, if it is accurate, reports of Donald Trump's imminent political demise once again appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
A new NBC News Online Survey measured "Public Opinion on Republican Debates," and was at odds, in some instances, with many pundits and a great deal of conventional wisdom. The survey was conducted Friday evening into Saturday after the Thursday night Fox News debates.
Post-debate support for Trump was slightly up, not down, among Republican primary voter participants who were mostly white and mostly female. Trump leads all Republicans in the survey by a wide margin. However, the biggest gains in support after the debate belong to Ted Cruz (who improved seven percentage points) and Carly Fiorina (who improved six percentage points). Trump improved just one percentage point.
According to the survey, Ben Carson improved his support among Republican primary voters by three percentage points; Trump and Mike Huckabee by one percentage point each. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker lost the most ground: three percentage points apiece.
[box]NBC Survey: Support Among Republican Primary Voters
Fri. Aug. 7-Sat. Aug. 8
23% Trump (+1)
13% Cruz (+7)
11% Carson (+3)
8% Fiorina (+6) and Rubio (unchanged)
7% Bush (-3) and Walker (-3)
5% Huckabee (+1) and Paul (-1)
2% Perry (unchanged) and Kasich (-1)
1% Christie (-2), Graham (unchanged) and Jindal (unchanged)
0% Santorum (-1) and Pataki (unchanged)[/box]
Fiorina was selected in the survey by the most people as the candidate who performed the best among all Republicans on debate night. She was followed by Trump, Rubio and Cruz.
The NBC survey sampled 3,551 adults.
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