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New Rasmussen national poll has Donald Trump still up, but down 9 percent after debate

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“Has ‘The Donald’ Peaked?”

That’s the headline of a new national public opinion survey of Republican voters from Rasmussen Reports that was released Tuesday afternoon.

The survey shows New York City real estate magnate Donald Trump continues to lead the crowded GOP field of presidential candidates with 17 percent support. That’s a nine-percentage- point drop from a similar poll taken approximately two weeks ago and before last week’s debate, which had Trump up with 26 percent support nationally.

The new survey has Floridians Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush tied for second with 10 percent support each. They are in a near tie with the candidate who has gotten the most mileage out of the two debates last week, Carly Florina. She has shot up to nine percent support and is in a tie for fourth place with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Next with eight percent support is retired neurologist Dr. Ben Carson, followed by Ted Cruz at seven percent.

In previous Rasmussen polls, Florina had  been hovering in Lindsey Graham-George Pataki country at around one percent, meaning she has jumped eight points since her performance in the late afternoon debate held last Thursday in Cleveland, which was held hours before the prime-time event.

Another winner coming out of the debates is Rubio, who has doubled his support in this poll in the past two weeks, going from five to 10 percent.

There is little change with the other candidates. Their numbers are as such: Mike Huckabee, five percent; Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul, all at four percent. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum are all at one percent. Sad to say, former New York Gov. George Pataki statistically earned 0 percent support in this survey.

The national telephone survey of 651 likely Republican primary voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on August 9-10, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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