Despite the controversy between GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly, Trump remains the frontrunner for the Republican’s 2016 presidential nomination. The initial results of the survey that was taken after Thursday night’s presidential debate shows that Trump is on top of the GOP presidential candidates’ field with 23 percent of those polled supporting him. His nearest competitor has as approximately 10 percentage points less, according to The Hill on Sunday. Of course, persons are curious as to how Trump’s popularity stands after he made controversial comments about Kelly who was one of the three moderators of the event.
The survey was conducted by NBC News and Surveymonkey.com which gives an online sampling. The results of the poll were released on Sunday. The poll was quickly criticized for its methodology. Chuck Todd who is the relatively new host of “Meet the Press” said, “This is an online panel. This is not like a public survey monkey poll. Same company, but scientifically done.” According to the survey, Trump commands a 23 percent support level from likely Republican voters, but Todd claims he is skeptical of the survey that was conducted in a two-day period – Aug. 7 and 8. The poll also admits to having a 3.4 percent margin of error which is highly typical of such polls taken, according to an NBC News report on its poll.
As for other candidates mentioned in the poll, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz comes in a distant second place. He scored 13 percent in the NBC New/Surveymonkey.com poll. Cruz was followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson who came in with 11 percent of the GOP voters’ support. To round out the top five in the survey, Carly Fiorina who is a former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tied with 8 percent each.
As far as stating who won the debates held on Thursday, 22 percent of GOP voters thought that Carly Fiorina was the winner. Of course, she debated with the candidates who didn’t made the main stage debate because she was not a top 10 contender via former polls as of last week. Trump comes in second when persons asked who won the debate. He was 4 percentage points behind Fiorina with 18 percent as persons addressed that question. Yet, 29 percent said that Trump was the debate’s biggest disappointment. But the bottom line is that he remains the GOP’s preferred candidate at this time, in spite of the Megyn Kelly scandal of which he has been entrenched.