Trump Leads Iowa GOP Field, Rubio Seen as Debate Winner: Poll

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is backed by 17% of likely Iowa GOP caucus voters, according to Suffolk University Poll.

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker runs second with 12%, Sen. Marco Rubio at 10%, Sen. Ted Cruz and neurosurgeon Ben Carson tied at 9%
  • Trump’s support lower among those who watched Aug. 6 Fox News debate; 55% of viewers polled said they were less comfortable with his candidacy
  • 23% of viewers said Rubio was strongest debater, followed by Carson with 22%
  • NOTE: 500 likely Iowa Republican caucus voters polled; margin of error +/-4.4ppt