The three political outsiders in the Republican presidential race all saw their numbers go up in a Fox News poll
following the second GOP debate last week.
Front-runner Donald Trump's 26 percent showing was up one point from the last Fox Poll taken after the first GOP debate on August 6. Ben Carson came in second at 18 percent, up from 12 percent in August, and Carly Fiorina and Sen. Marco Rubio tied for third at 9 percent. Fiorina had 5 percent support in August, and Rubio had 4 percent.
Trump held onto his lead even though most people polled believe Trump performed worst in the second debate.
Here is a list of all the candidates:
- Donald Trump 26%
- Ben Carson 18%
- Carly Fiorina 9%
- Marco Rubio 9%
- Ted Cruz 8%
- Jeb Bush 7%
- Chris Christie 5%
- John Kasich 4%
- Mike Huckabee 3%
- Rand Paul 2%
- George Pataki 1%
- Jim Gilmore less than 1%
- Rick Santorum less than 1%
- Bobby Jindal less than 1%
- Lindsey Graham less than 1%
On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads with 44 percent, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 30 percent. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not decided whether to run, is at 18 percent. Other Democrats are in the low single digits.
The poll was conducted by telephone September 20–22 with a random national sample of 1,013 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.
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