Donald Trump’s post-debate bump might have been more pronounced and sustainable than some of his critics predicted. According to a new Gravis Marketing poll, the businessman-turned-politico has topped 40 percent – the first time in the primary any candidate has hit that mark.
Prior to the first GOP debate earlier this month, Trump led the crowded primary field with just over 30 percent support. That number increased by 9.3 percent – the highest of any candidate – to 40.1 percent as of the Aug. 25 poll.
Other candidates saw their numbers rise following their debate performances. Ben Carson, who finished second in the most recent survey, more than doubled his statistical support over the last month to earn a nod from 13 percent of all respondents.
In a post-debate poll, Gravis found that most respondents – 22 percent – thought Carson won the debate. Trump was close behind with 19 percent.
A clearer difference between the two candidates could be seen in the results of another poll question asking whether debate viewers had a more or less favorable opinion of a candidate after his or her performance.
Eighty percent of those polled viewed Carson more favorably after the debate, while only 36 percent felt the same about Trump.
Another big winner following the first debate was second-tier candidate Carly Fiorina, who soared to fifth place after nearly tripling her support from under two percent to more than five percent. Ted Cruz also gained some support, winding up at fourth place with an even seven percent.
Jeb Bush faltered, dropping from second to third place with support from just one in 10 respondents. The rest of the field finished with less than five percent, including Scott Walker who plummeted nine points to end up at 3.5 percent.
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