Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP-Trump trade fight boils over with threat to cars Trump: Meetings on potential North Korea summit going 'very well' Freed American 'overwhelmed with gratitude' after being released from Venezuela MORE remains the frontrunner for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination, according to a new poll taken after the first Republican debate.

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The NBC News/Surveymonkey.com online sampling released on Sunday found Trump atop the GOP field with 23 percent support, 10 points more than his nearest competitor.

The poll immediately drew criticism for its methodology, forcing ”Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd to go on the defensive.

“This is an online panel,” Todd tweeted. “This is not like a public survey monkey poll. Same company, but scientifically done.”

“[We have] been testing [an] online panel with them for nearly two years,” he said of NBC News’s collaboration with Surveymonkey.com. “Not done for expediency.”

“Trust me, I have been skeptical,” Todd added. “This has been rigorously vetted.”

Todd aired a graphic during “Meet the Press” that said the poll, conducted Aug. 7-8, has a 3.4 percent margin of error. It is unclear how many participants are included in the sampling.

Trump commands 23 percent support from likely Republican voters in the survey.

Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), his nearest competition, trails the New York business mogul with 13 percent.

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, ranks next at 11 percent GOP voter support.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio complete the 2016 GOP field’s top-five contenders by tying at 8 percent.

The NBC News/Surveymonkey.com sampling also found that 22 percent of GOP voters believe Fiorina is the winner of last week’s GOP debates.

Trump follows the former technology executive, it says, with 18 percent support.

He is additionally viewed as the loser of the GOP’s contest on Aug. 6, according to the poll.

It says that 29 percent of GOP voters picked Trump as the evening’s top disappointment.