Poll shows Trump lead shrinking in the wake of attacks on Cruz

John Merline:
Donald Trump’s lead among Republicans dropped six points in the days leading up to Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the latest IBD/TIPP Poll shows.

Support for Trump fell to 31% among registered Republicans and Republican leaners, down from 34% in the prior IBD/TIPP Poll. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz saw his support climb three points to 21%, the highest number that Cruz has achieved in five months of polling.

This comes after Trump has spent several days launching sharp attacks at Cruz, challenging his eligibility to serve as president, and attacking his character.

While Trump’s attacks didn’t move the needle among conservatives, his support among moderates fell from 39% to 24%, while Cruz’s jumped from 5% to 18%.
The rest of the field was unchanged in this survey.  It will be interesting to see how the absence of Trump from the debates polls.  His core supporters seem very defensive about the move and have amped up their insults of Cruz and Fox News.  It is not the kind of move that persuades many beyond those already  committed to Trump.


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