ATLANTA - A new FOX 5 poll conducted after Tuesday night’s CNN GOP presidential debate shows businessman Donald Trump with a huge lead among likely Georgia voters.
The poll conducted by OpinionSavvy for FOX 5 shows Trump with 34 percent of the surveyed voters, followed by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas with 15.8 percent.
The only other candidate in double digits is Senator Marco Rubio of Florida with 12 percent.
A second question which limited choices to the top tier of candidates creates a virtual tie for second between Cruz and Rubio.
In that second horse race question, Trump’s support shot up to 40 percent.
Georgians picked Trump as the debate winner, and also said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush lost the contest.
When asked about Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States, 70 percent of the people surveyed said they supported Trump’s position.
FOX 5 Political Analyst and InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery said, “In my years of polling these presidential races for the GOP nomination I have never seen one candidate so dominate the contest for so many months in a row. That said, Mr. Trump could face his first stumbling block in Iowa. The caucus there is known for its unusual and often out-of-step results. That said, Trump's lead in states in the Southeast is powerful and appears to be gaining speed, based on other polls OpinionSavvy conducted this week in other neighboring states. The survey methodology can be found in the attached tabulations.”
OpinionSavvy conducted the survey of 538 Georgia voters on the evening of Dec.16. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent.
If the 2016 Georgia Republican primary to determine the Republican nominee for president were held today and your choices were limited to the top of the field, for whom would you vote?
In your opinion, who do you believe lost, or performed the worst in the Republican Presidential debate on December 15th?
Breakdown by percentage of voters surveyed likely to vote in the 2016 Republican presidential primary:
What is your opinion of Donald Trump’s recent proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims who are not US residents from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on?”
Margin of error: ±4.2%