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Thirty-five percent of registered Republicans think Trump won the contest in Las Vegas, according to a One America News Network survey released Wednesday.
Nine percent thought Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) did best. Following him are retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with 5 percent apiece, tied for fifth place.
A plurality said former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) was the debate’s loser. Twenty-six percent said Bush flopped on Tuesday night. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is next, with 19 percent, while Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) follows at 16 percent.
A plurality of respondents, about 34 percent, plan on voting for Trump after Tuesday’s debate, the poll found. Another 23 percent selected Cruz; 14 percent chose Rubio; 10 percent went with Carson; and 5 percent picked Christie.
Trump improved the public’s opinion of him with his debate showing, Wednesday’s results indicated.
About 50 percent have a more favorable view of the real estate tycoon after his performance. Another 31 percent said they felt less favorable; 19 percent reported no change.
The network polled 1,641 registered Republican voters via automated telephone calls immediately following Tuesday’s debate. It has a 2.4 percentage point margin of error.