The highly respected International Business Times asks the question: “Could the Donald be falling?” After Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came out on top in the latest presidential straw poll, garnering 35 percent of the approximately 1,200 votes from the Values Voter Summit in Washington Saturday, NBC News reports. Cruz is riding a wave in managing to knock Speaker John Boehner out as the leader of the House, a favorite target of conservatives. And “The Donald’s” polling at this Values Summit event? Not so good and not on the radar. At the Values Summit, Ben Carson got 18 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 14 percent support, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 13 percent support and Donald Trump nowhere to be found in this poll.
Trump does not like the reporting is being done reporting his slide in polling. Anybody that says he is “slipping” is engaging in “dishonest reporting.” Trump said in a conversation with Business Insider that the reporting is “Very dishonest and the people understand that.” However, Trump is victim of his own braggadocio talk and has set the expectations too high, a trap that more experienced politicians would not fall into.
Donald Trump run for President of the United States has been marked by his braggadocio talk of his “fabulous” poll numbers. In fact, for one brief, shining moment, really rich billionaire Donald Trump, was polling with “huge” numbers and he told audiences all about it at every chance and campaign stop. He also loved to talk the bad polling numbers of opponents. During the last debate, Donald Trump’s kicked off his first answer during the CNN GOP debate with a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Looking directly at him, Trump said, “First of all, Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage. He’s number 11, he’s got 1 percent in the polls and how he got up here, there is far too many people anyway,” Trump said. In an interview that will air this Sunday on “60 Minutes,” CBS News’ Scott Pelley asks GOP front-runner Donald Trump about the impression that he can “dish it out, but can’t take it.”
In fact, his campaign seems to be “poll-based” with “The Donald” reporting every bit of good news polling on his twitter feed, which is jam packed with every poll showing him in the lead by “huge” margins. But that was yesterday, and as the song goes, yesterday is gone for “The Donald.”
Three articles published Thursday by CNN, Politico, and The Washington Post used recent polls from Quinnipiac and CNN/ORC to argue that the surge that propelled Trump to the head of the GOP pack may be ending.
The Quinnipiac poll, released Thursday, showed Trump in first place. But it also found that Republican voters said, by a 4-to-1 margin, that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina “out-performed” Trump in the Republican presidential debate last Wednesday.
The CNN/ORC poll, released Sunday, also put Trump in the lead but found his support had dipped eight points. It also found Fiorina surging.
Politico’s Kyle Cheney published a piece that pointed to the CNN/ORC poll, predictions from rival campaigns, and the widespread impression that Trump “faded a bit” during the debate. Cheney argued that the “Trump momentum shows signs of stalling.”
CNN’s Eric Bradner came in with a story of his own a few hours later. Bradner said the Quinnipiac poll “reinforce [d] a recent CNN/ORC poll that showed an ascendant Fiorina in the wake of her strong debate performance last week.”
That story was headlined, in part, “Donald Trump lead shrinks.”
The legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon wrote and performed a song in 1977 titled “Slip Slidin’ Away” and that song appropriately describes the “huge” lead that Donald Trump once enjoyed. The song goes on, “You know the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip slidin’ away.” And so it goes for Donald Trump, as a new national CNN/ORC poll shows that Trump is still the party’s front-runner with a “not so huge” 24 percent support.