Trump way up in post-debate poll
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE's lead over his Republican presidential rivals grew substantially in the days following the first GOP debate and his controversial comments about moderator Megyn Kelly.


Trump’s support increased by 7 points, to 32 percent, according to the latest Morning Consult tracking poll.

The real estate mogul’s closest rival — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — lost 1 point, down to 11 percent support among self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Support for all other candidates was in the single digits in the poll.

Trump sparked a media firestorm on Saturday when he accused Kelly, a Fox News host, of behaving unprofessionally and attacking him with unfair questions during Thursday night’s debate.

"She gets out and starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

The billionaire businessman refused to apologize for the comment, doubling down during Monday's broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe,” where he insisted that Kelly should apologize to him.

According to Morning Consult, Trump's favorability rating has risen to 62 percent since last week’s tracking poll, making him the most popular GOP presidential candidate.

The number of people who view him unfavorably, however, also makes him the least popular candidate in the GOP field.