Trump Trounces Field in’s August Straw Poll

While August marked a new month for the 2016 campaign, it brought about the same result from readers of The Pulse 2016.  For the second straight month, Donald Trump soundly beat the rest of the Republican field in our monthly straw poll, racking up an astounding 49 percent of the vote.

With over 27,000 participating, this was an impressive showing from Trump.  Following him in second place was Ben Carson with 19.3 percent support.  And rounding out the top three was our May straw poll winner Ted Cruz, who took in 12.7 percent.

You can see the full results below:

Donald Trump 13314 49% Ben Carson 5260 19.3% Ted Cruz 3458 12.7% Rand Paul 1858 6.8% Marco Rubio 887 3.3% Carly Fiorina 729 2.7% Mike Huckabee 453 1.7% John Kasich 363 1.3% Scott Walker 251 0.9% Jeb Bush 206 0.8% Rick Perry 176 0.6% Rick Santorum 76 0.3% Chris Christie 62 0.2% Bobby Jindal 47 0.2% George Pataki 24 0.1% Lindsey Graham 17 0.1% Jim Gilmore 10 0%


Another notable mover in August was Rand Paul, who more than doubled his share of the vote to 6.8 percent from last month’s 3.3 percent.  On the other hand, a significant August loser was Scott Walker, who fell precipitously to only 0.9 percent support this month after registering 7.7 percent of the vote in July.

Our straw poll was conducted from August 5th to August 31st.  Please note that the results of this poll are not scientific.

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Donald Trump Wins The Pulse 2016 July Straw Poll

The results of our July Straw Poll are in. We would like to thank everyone who participated! Our poll exceeded all expectations, as we received a staggering 15,032 responses throughout the month.

Donald Trump had a really good month. He has surged to the top of nearly all the national polls, and he was an overwhelming favorite among our readers at The Pulse 2016, receiving 7,462 votes, or 49.6 percent of the vote.

Ted Cruz won our May Straw Poll, and he still had a pretty good showing in July. Cruz placed second with 2,538 votes, or 16.9 percent of the vote.

Ben Carson and Scott Walker were the only other candidates to top 1,000 votes. Carson finished a solid 3rd with 1,729 votes (11.5 percent of the vote) and Scott Walker finished 4th with 1,164 votes (7.7 percent of the vote.)

Here are the full results:

Donald Trump 7462 49.60% Ted Cruz 2538 16.90% Ben Carson 1729 11.50% Scott Walker 1164 7.70% Rand Paul 490 3.30% Marco Rubio 378 2.50% Mike Huckabee 329 2.20% Rick Perry 236 1.60% Carly Fiorina 178 1.20% Jeb Bush 167 1.10% John Kasich 139 0.90% Bobby Jindal 124 0.80% Rick Santorum 45 0.30% Chris Christie 31 0.20% Lindsey Graham 13 0.10% George Pataki 9 0.10%


If Fox News used strictly our straw poll for next Thursday’s debate, the candidates included would be Trump, Cruz, Carson, Walker, Paul, Rubio, Huckabee, Perry, Fiorina, and Bush… notably excluding John Kasich and Chris Christie.

Our straw poll was conducted from July 6th to July 30th. Continue Reading

Ted Cruz Dominates The Pulse 2016 May Straw Poll

Ted Cruz seems to be very good at winning online straw polls.

Earlier this month, Cruz won the Hot Air Primary Survey for the second month in a row.

Last week, we conducted The Pulse 2016’s first straw poll, and Cruz absolutely dominated the competition.

Cruz received 146 out of the 367 votes cast (just under 40 percent), and no other candidate came close. Scott Walker and Ben Carson tied for a distant second place, each receiving 36 votes (just under 10 percent).

Obviously neither poll is scientific — and it would be ridiculous to draw anything significant from either of these online polls — but it does speak to the strength of Cruz’s grassroots online presence. Since formally announcing his candidacy for president, Cruz’s fundraising efforts have been blowing up in a big way. Much of his fundraising has come from small dollar donors — many of whom voted in these online polls. These are regular people who have been inspired by Senator Cruz’s message and motivated to donate to Cruz’s efforts and publicly campaign on his behalf.

Will this impressive online support translate to victory for Cruz at the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary? We’ll see. There’s a long way to go. But it should be noted that Cruz has been very impressive since his announcement in March. Don’t write him off.

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The Pulse 2016 May Straw Poll Results

The results of the Pulse’s May Straw Poll are in. We want to thank everyone who participated in the poll. We received 367 total responses, and the full results were as follows:

Ted Cruz 39.8% 146 votes Ben Carson 9.8% 36 votes Scott Walker 9.8% 36 votes Marco Rubio 8.2% 30 votes Rand Paul 7.4% 27 votes Carly Fiorina 6% 22 votes Jeb Bush 4.6% 17 votes Mike Huckabee 3.3% 12 votes Rick Perry 3.3% 12 votes Bobby Jindal 1.9% 7 votes Rick Santorum 1.6% 6 votes Donald Trump 1.6% 6 votes John Kasich 1.1% 4 votes Chris Christie 0.8% 3 votes Lindsey Graham 0.8% 3 votes


The poll was conducted 5/13-5/15.

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