Real estate mogul Donald Trump continued to lead the Republican presidential field after a dismal performance at the second debate and lagging approval ratings in the Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Wednesday.
Trump led the field at 23 percent of likely voters expecting to vote in the GOP primaries nationwide while retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and former technology CEO Carly Fiorina were tied at 13 percent. No establishment candidates cracked double digits, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came close at 9 percent.
However, 18 percent of the Republican voters surveyed were undecided.
With that in mind, it’s worth noting that Trump also leads the group in lowest favorability rating at 27 percent, while 61 percent of those surveyed view the former reality television star unfavorably.
The survey of 1,000 national voters who are likely to vote in the presidential election was conducted from Sept. 24 to 29 by live phone interview. The overall margin of error was plus or minus 3 points, but among the subset of Republican primary voters (380), the margin of error was plus or minus 5.03 points.