Iowa Poll Hints Debate Weakened Donald Trump

AP/Andrew Harnik

A new poll of Iowa voters shows that voters felt less comfortable about Donald Trump being a candidate for president after watching the Fox News debate last Thursday.

Fifty-five percent of respondents who watched the debate said they felt less comfortable about Trump after the debate, but 41 percent said that it either made no difference or they were actually more comfortable with Trump as a candidate.

The Iowa poll of Republican voters was published today by Suffolk University.

Likewise, 54 percent thought that the Fox News moderators did not target Trump unfairly, while 40 percent thought that they did.

Full numbers below:

After watching Donald Trump, do you feel more comfortable with him as a candidate for president or less comfortable?

More comfortable  23.08
Less comfortable    55.45
No difference          18.27
Undecided                 3.21

Do you feel that the debate moderators targeted Donald Trump unfairly?

Yes              40.71
No               54.49
Undecided 4.81

Trump, however, still leads the Republican field with 17 percent support, if the election were held today.


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