There were many critics online during Wednesday’s second Republican primary debate, but a poll showed there was a clear winner and two other candidates who performed well.
The 538/Ipsos/Washington Post poll found that among Republican primary voters who watched the debate, a 33% majority said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won the debate.
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley came in second with the support of 18% of GOP primary debate watchers, while Vivek Ramaswamy received the support of 15% of debate watchers. None of the other candidates received more than 6% when asked who won the debate.
A majority of debate watchers (54%) said DeSantis rated the debate’s performance as “good” or “excellent.”
While Ramaswamy did comparatively well, according to a poll, he did far better in the first debate when 26% said he won the debate.
When Republican primary voters watching the debate were asked whether the debate had changed the candidate they supported, very few responded that it had made much of a difference. None of the candidates had a change in support of more than 3%.
Former President Donald Trump was noticeably absent from the debate and was particularly criticized by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for refusing to appear and defend his record. Christie had perhaps the most colorful epithet of the evening when he called the former president “Donald Duck” for avoiding the debate.
Trump is by far the leading candidate with the most support in the Republican primaries.
The third debate in the Republican primary is scheduled for November in Miami, Florida. Trump will likely skip this debate as well.
Read more about the second GOP debate here:
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