According to the latest presidential poll from FOX News, businessman Donald Trump continues to increase his lead for the Republican party nomination. The presidential poll was released by Fox News on Sunday August 16th. In the poll Donald Trump had 25% support among likely Republican voters at the national level. Only two other Republican candidates were able to reach double digits nationally. Dr. Ben Carson was at 12% and Texas Senator Ted Cruz was at 10% after both were considered to have had strong performances during the first presidential debate. Slipping into single digits former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was at 9% which put him into fourth place. Current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee were both at 6%. After her strong showing in the first presidential debate Carly Fiorina was at 5%. Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich were at 4% after both were considered to have good showings at the fist debate. Political rivals Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were tied at 3%. Rounding out the bottom tier was former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who were all at 1% while South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was bottom of the list at 0%.
Over in the Democratic party a summer surge by Senator Bernie Sanders, rumor of a potential Al Gore candidacy, and the real possibility of a presidential bid by Vice President Joe Biden has shaken up the Democratic party process that seemed locked up just a few months ago. According to the FOX News presidential poll Hillary Clinton’s huge lead has melted away over the summer and Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders now stands poised to challenge her, at least in Iowa and New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton does still hold a 19 point lead nationwide but she has fallen below the 50% threshold of national support as she is now at 49% compared to 30% for Bernie Sanders. Undeclared candidate Vice President Joe Biden is at 10% which does indicate lukewarm enthusiasm for his potential candidacy. Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb and former Governor Martin O’Malley were both struggling to get their campaigns off the ground and were only at 1% while former Republican Senator and former Independent Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee was at 0%. Former Vice President Al Gore and current political wildcard was not included in the FOX News presidential poll.