The first post-CNN debate poll is out. Surprise! People overwhelmingly think Carly Fiorina won. People thought she won the last debate too, but she didn’t move anywhere.
So where do we stand now? Did Donald Trump break 50% while Carly Fiorina polls somewhere under Jim Gilmore? Well….
Fiorina ranks second with 15% support — up from 3% in early September. She’s just ahead of Ben Carson’s 14%, though Carson’s support has also declined from 19% in the previous poll.
Driving Trump’s drop and Fiorina’s rise: A debate in which 31% of Republicans who watched said Trump was the loser, and 52% identified Fiorina as the winner.
During the CNN debate, Fiorina clashed with Trump over his personal attacks and their business records and scored points for her condemnation of Planned Parenthood.
Two other interesting poll results: Marco Rubio jumped from 3% to 11%, while Scott Walker dropped from 5% to less than 1%. Ouchtown, bro. Ouchtown. Also, he still looks like a clay-may character from a Christmas special.
But the big story here is Carly Fiorina is now in second place behind Donald Trump. Expect more attacks from both the liberal media, and of course the conservative media who have decided that Donald Trump is the hill to die on. They’ll say she’s “establishment” despite never holding office and having had the “establishment” quite literally fight to keep her off of the main stage for months. Also, Jeb Bush was a swing-and-a-miss.
Though one closing point…
CNN poll shows how you don't compete with Trump by nuking Trump; you compete with Trump by being more compelling than Trump
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) September 20, 2015