A new national survey just released by Public Policy Polling shows that although Donald Trump is still the national frontrunner, he's lost significant support among the GOP field since coming in at second place in Iowa Monday.
According to the survey, Trump has dropped to 25 percent among Republican primary voters, down nine points from December. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are tied nationally at 21 percent and the rest of the field, with the exception of Dr. Ben Caron with 11 percent, sit in single digits just days before the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary.
The results of Rubio's third place "win" in Iowa Monday are evident in this new survey, showing he had the most to gain by getting a ticket out of the Hawkeye state and into the Granite.
The Public Policy Polling survey could also lend credence to many Rubio supporters' argument that he could be the Republican establishment's best option to take down Trump and Cruz, whose potential nominations have unnerved many in the party's mainstream.
The poll found the most support for Rubio in a theoretical three-man race for the nomination, with 34% picking the Florida senator compared with 33% for Trump and 25% for Cruz. He would also best Trump and Cruz in theoretical head-to-head bouts for the nomination. And his 64% favorability rating among Republican voters nationally trailed only Carson in that measure.
It should be noted that although Trump is losing ground nationally, he's still ahead in local New Hampshire polls by a landslide.
More to come....