Former President Donald Trump’s decision to skip the first Republican presidential primary debate on August 23 may have been a mistake.
Trump’s poll numbers declined sharply and his massive lead has shrunk according to Emerson College’s first post-debate poll — and a second stunning poll even shows him falling behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a key metric.
In response, The Horn News is hosting it’s own straw poll (see below) as the Republican primary’s second debate approaches.
According to Emerson College, Trump’s support after his no-show at the first debate dipped to 50 percent among Republican primary voters, a 12 percent decrease from his high in April and his lowest level yet.
A seperate stunning poll after the first debate by Washington Post/Ipsos/FiveThirtyEight claimed that Republican voters who watched the debate are considering voting DeSantis over Trump — the first ever poll to make such a claim during the 2024 primaries.
Take a look at the data FiveThirtyEight posted on their website —
Not included in the polling are Republicans that didn’t watch the debate at all, or instead tuned into conservative activist Tucker Carlson’s interview of Trump that ran at the same time.
There remains no doubt that Trump commands a huge and, perhaps, insurmountable lead in the Republican presidential primary. And in the above poll, respondents were allowed to pick multiple candidates they were considering backing.
Still, the results are shocking… if true.
Can the polls be trusted? Is Trump losing support?
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