New Poll: Rubio Gets Big Post-Debate Bump

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

The latest Monmouth University poll of New Hampshire Republicans shows Senator Marco Rubio has tripled his support following a strong debate performance last week and has rocketed from middle of the pack to third place, now trailing only Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson:

  • Donald Trump: 26 percent
  • Ben Carson: 16 percent
  • Marco Rubio: 13 percent
  • John Kasich: 11 percent
  • Ted Cruz: 9 percent
  • Jeb Bush: 7 percent
  • Chris Christie: 5 percent
  • Carly Fiorina: 5 percent
  • Rand Paul: 3 percent
  • All others: 1 percent or lower

That wasn’t the only good news for Rubio out of the Granite State.  He is also statistically tied with Ben Carson for the “second choice” award (at 14 and 15 percent, respectively) and comes in second to the neurosurgeon in favorability by a mere 2 points (+45 to +43).  The two are far and away the most well liked Republicans in the state:

  • Ben Carson: +45
  • Marco Rubio: +43
  • Carly Fiorina: +28
  • Chris Christie: +22
  • Ted Cruz: +14
  • John Kasich: +14
  • Donald Trump: +6
  • Rand Paul: -22

Nick Arnold is a researcher for the American Principles Project.