PPP post-debate poll
This is a poll of “usual Republican primary voters.” It was conducted by automated phone call for voters with landlines and by internet for voters with cell phones. Remember that Trump does better on automated and internet polls, and does worse on polls restricted to previous primary voters.
The poll finds that Trump’s support has grown stronger since the November poll, while Rubio has grown slightly weaker.
Trump is the biggest gainer since our last national poll in mid-November, going from 26% to 34%. He’s also become more broadly popular with GOP voters, with his favorability rating going from 51/37 up to 58/34.
Ted Cruz is in second place at 18%, and he has also grown stronger since the November poll.
I found the following comment about Huckabee interesting:
The candidate with the highest favorability rating nationally right now is actually…Mike Huckabee who comes in at 63/19. It’s not translating to a ton of support for the nomination- 4% say he’s their first choice, 6% say he’s their second choice. But he may be a darkhorse to pick up some steam later given how at least broadly popular he is.
If Huckabee picks up steam, it would benefit Trump because he would probably pull support from Cruz.