Trump stays on top in first post-debate Fox News poll
Trump remains 8 points above his nearest competition following last week’s contest in Simi Valley, Calif., according to a Fox News survey.
Trump commands 26 percent support. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, meanwhile, ranks second, with 18 percent.
Trump led an August version of the poll with 25 percent, followed by Carson at 12 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at 10 percent.
Fox News’s latest results follow Trump’s boycott against the media outlet earlier Wednesday following repeated spats with its various personalities.
“@FoxNews has been treating me very unfairly and I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future,” Trump tweeted.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tied for third place in Fox's poll with 9 percent apiece.
Cruz took fifth place with 8 percent, and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) took sixth with 7 percent.
Trump, Carson, Fiorina and Rubio have all gone up in polling since the August version of the poll. Trump had 25 percent then, while Carson had 12 percent, Fiorina had 5 percent and Rubio 4 percent.
Bush and Cruz, meanwhile, have slid since August. Bush had 15 percent in that survey, and Cruz 10 percent.
The media outlet’s new samplings come as Republicans gravitate toward political outsiders during the 2016 election cycle.
Carson, Fiorina and Trump are all receiving significant interest for their campaigns despite the fact they each lack public service experience.
Fox News’s latest sampling said its results stem from a deep dissatisfaction among Republican voters with their party’s political establishment.
It found 62 percent of GOP primary voters feel “betrayed” by members of their political party serving in public office. Another 66 percent said the Republican-led Congress had not done enough to counter President Obama’s agenda.
Fox News conducted its sampling with 1,013 random cellphone and landline interviews conducted by Shaw & Co. Research Sept. 20-22 nationwide. It has a 4.5 percent margin of error among GOP primary voters.
—Updated at 6:44 p.m.