It’s near impossible to imagine that Donald Trump would actually be picked to serve on a jury, but the front-runner in the GOP presidential field did report for jury duty on Monday in his native New York. USA Today says the real estate mogul showed up at the Supreme Court building in lower Manhattan.
“Putting in his time today would win Trump a free pass from jury duty for six years. Under The Donald’s timeline, that would put him in his second presidential term,” says the newspaper account.
As the bold-speaking presidential contender takes time away from the campaign trail to go through his civic duty paces, he can ponder the latest poll numbers that show the GOP race shifting as the electorate reacts to the first Republican debate. The first Fox News poll following the cable net’s debate in Cleveland shows Trump maintaining his lead, but losing ground among women in the national poll of registered voters. The results of the Fox News survey show:
Businessman Donald Trump still leads the field for the Republican nomination. He gets 25 percent among GOP primary voters. He was at 26 percent before the debate. Trump’s support among women went from 24 percent two weeks ago to 21 percent now. He mostly held steady among men (28 percent).
Trump’s overall position in the new poll is far superior to that of his rivals. However, several of the competitors — especially those considered staunch conservatives — are showing strength as they move up in the standings. “Next in the GOP race is Carson, who garners 12 percent. That’s up five percentage points since the debate and puts him in double-digits for the first time since mid-June. Cruz captures 10 percent, up four points,” according to the new Fox poll.
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On the other side of the coin for Trump, however, are a couple of poll results that don’t bode well for the campaign of the billionaire businessman. When asked who did well and who did poorly on the debate stage some ten days ago, those responding to the Fox News survey said Trump was not all that impressive.
Among debate watchers, the highest “net” of those two performance scores (best minus worst) is Fiorina (+12 points), followed by Carson (+8), Kasich (+8) and Rubio (+7).
Debate watchers give the lowest net scores to Trump (-13 points), Paul (-11) and Christie (-7).
Another poor mark for The Donald came in response to the survey question about who is really qualified to be president. The GOP contender at the top of that column was Jeb Bush. Trump was far behind among all respondents, but did better with Republican primary voters.
“Overall, a 52 percent majority says Trump is not qualified to be commander-in-chief. That includes four in ten who say he is ‘not at all’ qualified (40 percent).
“However, GOP primary voters say Trump is qualified by a two-to-one margin (67 percent qualified vs. 32 percent unqualified).”
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And in what may prove to be Trump’s biggest liability, the “likeability” factor really hit him where it hurts. Trump came in dead last with a likeability score of -21.
Among GOP primary voters, the top five Republican candidates based on their net likeability score (the net of those saying a candidate is the “most” likeable minus the percent saying the candidate is “least” likeable) are Carson (+19 points), Rubio (+13 points), Bush (+6 points), Huckabee (+6 points) and Fiorina (+5 points).
The bottom [four] are Trump (-21 points), Paul (-11 points), Christie (-7 points), and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (-4 points).
Over the weekend, The Donald may have helped his likeability rating somewhat by giving free rides in his personal helicopter to kids attending the Iowa State Fair.
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