Trump Holds Lead In Iowa Poll

But his lead did shrink a bit. Via USA Today:

Businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican field in Iowa, a new Suffolk University Poll finds, but his performance in last week’s opening debate has dented his standing among GOP partisans and cost him some ground in the state that will hold the first presidential contest next year. Also hit: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who sank to seventh place and now narrowly trails former CEO Carly Fiorina in the key early state. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio scores the biggest boost, rising to third. The survey of 500 Iowans likely to participate in the Republican caucuses, taken by landline and cell phone from Friday through Monday, is one of the first quantitative measures of the impact of Thursday night’s debate in Cleveland, hosted by Fox News and Facebook.

Similar numbers were seen in a New Hampshire poll also released today.

  • oikos

    Oops

    • 2karmanot

      perfect!

  • Bob Black

    I think his support will all but disappear when people start casting actual votes. Polls are one thing but actually pulling a lever to make the man POTUS is something different.

    • Rambie

      Trump, yeah, but Bush and even worse, Walker are in the top 4?! WTF

    • pablo

      Trumps support is wide but not deep. He won’t be the nominee though I hope he runs as an independent.

  • MattM

    Jezebel says Santorum’s campaign is dunzo.

    http://jezebel.com/america-is-officially-done-with-rick-santorum-1723130432

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    • oikos

      I was hoping he would stick around for a while. The more clowns, the more entertainment.

      • Chucktech

        Oh, piggy, piggy, piggy!

        Look, you can have your Santorum/Perry doofa, or you can have your Trump. I’ll take Trump, thank you, with a truly fond farewell to Perry and Santorum!

        • LonelyLiberal

          Fond? I’m trying to resist the impulse to slap them on the back on the way out and deposit a sign there.

          Mine doesn’t read “Kick Me.” It reads, “This ass has been used by every billionaire in America.”

          • Chucktech

            Fond in the sense that we won’t have them to kick around anymore. I’ll miss that…

        • MattM

          A Santorum/Perry ticket could have certainly been something. If anyone can handle some Santorum, it’s Rick Perry (allegedly).

          • bambinoitaliano

            Those two can go on an abandoned oil rig to run on for all i care. They are not fit to govern anything that involve population that is larger than their own families.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Nah hand him rolls of paper towels to wipe off his own frothy mix. He has expel enough unwanted fluid everywhere.

    • TommyTune

      I knew he was toast when he agreed to be a guest on Rachel Maddow’s show. During the 2008 election cycle he never would have deigned to appear on such a liberal show. The fact that he did so this go around only revealed how desperate he was since presumably Fox wasn’t interested in anything he had to say, knowing that he was a loser.

      • Cuberly

        I don’t do cable “news”. But that appearance was awesome. Maddow was totally calling him out on his derpery.

    • Cuberly

      I’ll never forget that swooning piece Mags wrote when NOM gave their much coveted endorsement to Frothy. Course he was riding high at the time.

      Flashforward, now NOM is having a hissy fit cuz not enough anti-lgbt hate is being spewed. Brownshirt is gonna stew someones rabbit soon if they don’t start giving the haters some serious love via the national stage.

      http://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lswsyiRofY1qmxmrao1_r1_400.gif

      • TampaDink

        How many from the clown car have signed Brian’s sacred oath?

        • Cuberly

          Oooooooo, that’s right. He was supposed to do a grand unveiling. Squeeeeee…..I’m on tenterhooks!

          • TampaDink

            As am I……Brian is probably on Mylanta™.

          • Cuberly

            …intravenous Mylanta….oh wait….

        • Todd20036

          Santorum did, but he dropped out. Oops.

          • TampaDink

            Dropped out? I think it is better described as oozed out.

        • Homo Erectus

          How many that signed are still in the clown car?

          • TampaDink

            Inquiring minds. 😉

  • Blake Jordan

    I am shocked I tell you, shocked!!!

  • 2karmanot

    Limpid golf clap

    • BudClark

      Limp dick thump on kitchen table.

  • Stubenville

    Trump / Fiorina all the way!

    Now let’s talk about how both of you ran businesses into the ground…

  • pablo

    Fiorina really got a boost. She be horrible on the economy and middle-class but probably more liberal on social issues than most of the others.

    • TimCA

      Yeh, she might be somewhat more liberal on social issues but she still supported Prop 8 here in CA. I’ll never forget nor forgive that.

      • TommyTune

        Nor should you forgive and forget.

    • TommyTune

      She’s a sell-out on every issue. I wouldn’t trust her further than you can throw a stick.

      • pablo

        That’s how I feel about Hillary. She’ll only be as liberal as expediency, her financial backers, and the polls allow. The same could be said of her husband and Obama.

        • TommyTune

          Hillary, perhaps. Obama, no. He took a huge political risk coming out in favor of gay marriage before his reelection in 2012. And don’t tell me it was because Joe Biden took the plunge first and preempted him. He could just as easily have held his ground instead of “evolving” like he did (which we all know now was just a ruse – he had to get elected first in order to push for gay marriage later as president, a fact his critics conveniently ignore.)

          He’s taken other political risks as well, e.g. pushing health care reform right off the bat. Many people still disagree with that, saying he should have focused more on jobs, and yet we got health care reform passed, however imperfect and despite total Republican obstinance, and the economy’s dive off the cliff that Bush created was halted.

          So don’t start peddling Bill Perdue-style rants about Obama and “Obots.” It’s just not very becoming.

          • fuow

            While President Obama has been better than I expected (pretty low bar), I still firmly believe he’ll be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice (maybe even Chief). As president, he’s been OK.
            He just does not have the personality structure to cope with the Republicans like Hillary. Perhaps her strongest point.

          • TommyTune

            You actually believe that Hillary would do better at dealing with Republicans than Obama has? Seriously? One of the main reasons I voted for him over her in 2008 was the fact that I knew the Republicans would go after her right from day one. Now I know they’ll go after whoever the Democratic nominee is no matter who they are.

          • Craig Howell

            “…cope with Republicans like Hillary”? Surely you’re not accusing Hillary of being a closet Republican???

          • Todd20036

            He’s saying the Hillary, unlike Obama, has a thicker skin and knows that the repubs aren’t ones to negotiate. They don’t really want to govern, they just want you to either play by their rules or go home.

          • pablo

            Before she became Sec of State I had hoped an SC appointment for Hillary. I think she would’ve been excellent at it and it would’ve given her haters apoplexy.

          • BudClark

            MR. Justice Obama, MRS. Justice Obama, MR. Justice Clinton, Mrs. Justice Clinton … THAT’D clear some arteries (and offices) out. Can you IMAGINE that much brain power on one Supreme Court?? Michelle Obama is HIGHLY under-rated. I think she could be President in her own right if the girls were older, and she wanted it.

          • pablo

            That’s what an Obot would say.

            Kidding!

            He gets way too much credit on gay marriage. His justice department fought harder against us than W’s did. He didn’t evolve until judges were already ruling in our favor, polls were looking up, and gay donors threatened to shut down the GAYTM. He promised us single payer healthcare but immediately conceded it for RomneyCare. He promised to close Guantanamo. And remember that for his first two years he had a democratic congress.

          • TommyTune

            You make it sound as though he’s a king who can do whatever he likes, as though there were no Congress obstructing him every step of the way, e.g. with the single payer option. There he got the best deal he possibly could under the circumstances and I give him credit for it.

            And yes, for the record I am a proud, unabashed Obot.

          • pablo

            I would give him credit for making an effort but his policy of preemptive capitulation prevents that.

          • BudClark

            I’d be DEEPLY (hopefully) HONOURED if our President would choose to bonk me, were he not in a loving marriage with a wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters. Unlike most Republican adulterers, I have NO intention of messing THAT up!!!

            I will simply Drool From A Distance (chuckle).

            But ain’t he FINE!!!???

        • fuow

          True.
          Unfortunately, the alternative – a Republican, any Republican, is worse. Hold your nose and vote for her, there’s just no way the next president won’t be appointing a few Supreme Court Justices.

          • pablo

            I know. Hill will most likely be the nominee and I will vote for her. elections are always about voting for the lesser of two evils and grown-ups accept that.

      • Mark

        Throw a stick against the wind. 🙂

    • oikos

      “As CEO of HP, Carly Fiorina laid off 30,000 workers. Fiorina shipped jobs to China. And while Californians lost their jobs, Fiorina tripled her salary, bought a million-dollar yacht and five corporate jets.”

      • SunsetGay

        So in other words, she’s a Republican Superhero.

      • pablo

        Hence the “horrible on the economy and for the middle class.”

      • Mark

        Fun avatar!!!

        • oikos

          Thanks, it’s Space Pope from Futurama.

    • Nausea

      She’s a loser like the rest of the GOPers. All she has to show is that she laid off 30,000 HP employees, was booted as HP CEO and lost the CA governorship by a huge margin. And she is more right wing on social issues than people think. Perfect for the GOP!

    • “got a boost?” not in reality world. the media can claim she suddenly made herself relevant in that debate (we watched it, she did not) but it had exactly zero effect on the actual voting base. trust me on this one. i even live in a “battleground” state. no one is, nor have they ever nor will they, be talking about Carli. outside of her campaign bubble, she’s a Nobody.

      she’s almost the definition of the make-believe candidate. she’s only real so long as the media needs a horse race to report upon.

      • pablo

        I don’t know where she is in the national polls but 10% in Iowa is pretty good. My fear is Bush or Walker/Fiorina. I think they could actually stand a chance.

        • Rambie

          I think I’m going to loose my lunch…

      • Cuberly

        My favorite reaction to the Carly phantom great performance meme was from Wonkette.

        “Carly won happy hour! Can someone explain why?”

        http://wonkette.com/592683/carly-fiorina-won-happy-hour-could-someone-explain-why

        • Gerry Fisher

          I *forgot* she ran the Demon Sheep TV ad! Ahhh, memories. 😉

          • Cuberly

            They where having a lot of fun with that on Twitter after the kiddie table “debate”. Was pretty entertaining.

    • Ore Carmi

      She scares the hell out of me. She ran against Senator Boxer in California (and did very poorly), but ran a disgusting smear campaign, seemed to have no policies other than “I want to unseat the senator,” and it was revealed she had never voted in her life. What’s a person like that doing running for president?

      • pablo

        Maybe it’s just the yahoos she up against now that makes her look measured and reasonable.

  • TommyTune

    Trump didn’t hold his lead, he JUMPED into the lead, stealing it from Scott Walker. Even better.

    • TampaDink

      He really stole it from Charles & David Koch.

      • TommyTune

        Very true.

  • Octavio

    It be the second-runner-ups I’m worried about. Walker and Bush? Walker is still viable? It’s not a movie. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    • Nausea

      Agree. Be VERY afraid of Walker. I wish he would just go back to college and get a college degree and get out of our hair.

      • Suzy

        He’s in our hair because he doesn’t have enough of his own. If he doesn’t win the nomination this time, we’ll be forced to endure a Combover Defcon 2 situation in 2020.

      • fuow

        He can’ – he’s gutted Wisconsin’s once outstanding state college system to the bone.
        Walker is the best revenge possible on all the A-List-Fags who are just too, too precious to bother voting.
        For the rest of us, not so much.

  • SunsetGay

    Christie Creme is definitely the candidate of the 1%…

    … 1% OF IOWA VOTERS!

  • zhera

    The shocking thing here is Ben Carson at 12%. WTF!

    • clay

      He had the best hair in the debate.

      • TampaDink

        It certainly stays in place when he speaks.

    • TommyTune

      The crazier they are, the higher up they go in the Republican party.

    • JCF

      True Story: I love eating breakfast at my local greasy spoon, but I can often count on patrons around me to provide me spit-takes. Yesterday, two guys (white guys, of course) behind me were talking GOP field. “I’d vote for Ben Carson or Allen West in a second!” one said (I didn’t hear exactly what they said before, but I bet they were bashing Obama, then justifying to each other why they WEREN’T racists *eyeroll*). Seriously, it was all I could do to keep my ham & eggs down…

  • Gustav2

    We in Ohio weep the media pundits are not correct re:Kasich…for joy.

  • PLAINTOM

    Sorry dude, Huckabee has already taken the holier than thou seat in the clown car.

  • bambinoitaliano

    How did the token black get to tie at second place? Did he perform brain surgery on the pollster? So Carly Fiorina is riding on the coat tail of Megyn Kelly blood trail?

  • BeaverTales

    It’s finally happening. The movie “Idiocracy” is coming true!

    I’m only voting for whichever President is sponsored by Mountain Dew and Pepsi, muthafukkas.

    • Todd20036

      That person couldn’t be a tea bagger. He’s dressed way too fabulous for that.

  • TexPlant

    it is so difficult to decide who I dislike most on this list..Cruz? Huckleberry? Carson? NJ Fatman? Frothy? The Evil Little Man from LA? It is too hard to decide

  • Sporkfighter
  • TJay229

    Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump!

    • BudClark

      Ga-LUMP, Ga-LUMP, Ga-LUMP … March of the tRUMP, for chorus of sousaphones, ophecleides, and contra-bass bassoons

  • Mark

    Saw a few bumper stickers today for Carson 2016 — Now THAT’S scary!

  • Edmund Allin

    Great news.

  • e jerry powell

    It’s only August, and the Iowa vote that actually counts isn’t until February.

  • Homo Erectus

    Alright, everybody named Rick – get out of the car.