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Post GOP Debate Poll: Guess Who Won the Republican Debate?

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2015 — According to the Post GOP Debate Poll conducted by Gravis Marketing, which asked voters who won the Republican debate, Dr. Ben Carson edged out Donald Trump by 3 percent, 22 – 19 percent.

Two primary questions asked to Republican polled participants were “Who do you think won the debate?” and “Who do you think lost the debate?”  GOP Presidential Candidates Ben Carson and Marco Rubio scored well in both categories, but Donald Trump, who came in second on the question of “who won the debate?”, also scored second on “who lost the debate?”. 

As PPD’s Editorial Board argued following the debate, voters and political junkies on social media caught on to Fox News from the beginning and was clearly taking advantage of a heavily polarized Republican base for ratings.

Who Won the Debate?

%

Who Lost the Debate?

%

Ben Carson

22%

Rand Paul

34%

Donald Trump

19%

Donald Trump

30%

Marco Rubio

13%

Chris Christie

9%

Jeb Bush

10%

Jeb Bush

7%

Mike Huckabee

9%

John Kasich

4%

John Kasich

8%

Ben Carson

4%

Ted Cruz

7%

Mike Huckabee

4%

Scott Walker

7%

Ted Cruz

4%

Rand Paul

3%

Scott Walker

2%

Chris Christie

2%

Marco Rubio

2%

Meanwhile, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not have a very good evening, with both scoring at the bottom of “who won?” and Paul way out in front on “who lost?” Christie same in a distant third on the “who lost?” behind Trump at 30 percent.

Polled registered Republican voters were also asked, “Do you have a more favorable or less favorable opinion of (each candidate) after the debate?”  Poll results clearly show that Ben Carson won the first GOP debate in the minds of Republican voters with Marco Rubio coming in second place. Sen. Rand Paul, who has consistently polled better against Hillary Clinton in five purple and even bluish states won by Barack Obama, had a rough evening. Paul chose to attack Trump off the get-go, something Fox News had counted on before the debate.

GOP Candidate

More Favorable?

Less Favorable?

Unchanged?

Ben Carson

80%

9%

11%

Marco Rubio

68%

13%

19%

Mike Huckabee

60%

18%

22%

Scott Walker

58%

17%

25%

Ted Cruz

57%

19%

23%

John Kasich

54%

18%

28%

Jeb Bush

48%

27%

25%

Chris Christie

41%

33%

26%

Donald Trump

36%

45%

19%

Rand Paul

14%

67%

19%

“Dr. Ben Carson had a wonderful evening,” said Robert Herring, Sr., CEO of One America News Network. “He was articulate and, at times, funny. Carson stayed out of the verbal jabbing that cost Christie and Paul some points this evening.”

Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 904 registered Republican voters across the U.S.  Questions included in the poll were focused only on the top ten GOP candidates that participated in the 9 PM ET debate. The poll has an overall margin of error of +/- 3%.  The polls were conducted on August 6, immediately following the GOP debate using interactive voice response, IVR, technology.

Written by
Data Journalism Editor

Rich, the People's Pundit, is the Data Journalism Editor at PPD and Director of the PPD Election Projection Model. He is also the Director of Big Data Poll, and author of "Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract."

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    By a wide margin, an what I have said from the beginning, that when you hear Marco Rubio speak, that with out a doubt if you do not find this “candidate” the best spoken candidate, you have not a clue about politics! Just like “the Donald”, as he should be FIRED, as he may know his real-estate, he does not know any other thing about crucial issues such as foreign policy! Would you really like to have a button to push to end civilization as we know it? Come on People, as he is a flashy guy, although I would not feel comfortable in the least knowing it is him who is running our “national security”? An for him to say he is worth 10Billion dollars, which simply is not the case, as “Forbes” has him at about 3 Billion, though that money will not run our Country with all foreign policy issues we currently have going on at this time all over the “World”!

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      I dont have time to fix you, nor is it my job but you need fixing, idiot!

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