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CBS News Poll

The Republican Debate: Rubio and Trump Have a Strong Night


February 13, 2016
Postq2. Which candidate do you think did the best job or won tonight's debate?

Marco Rubio
Donald Trump
John Kasich
Ted Cruz
Ben Carson
Jeb Bush

Republican and independent voters who watched debate


%
32
24
19
12
8
5

Postq5. Which candidate do you trust the most to appoint justices to the Supreme Court?
Ted Cruz
Donald Trump
Marco Rubio
John Kasich
Ben Carson
Jeb Bush
Depends/Undecided

17
16
13
12
11
7
24

PostQ6. Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these Republican presidential candidates do you think has the
best chance of winning the general election in November?
Donald Trump
Marco Rubio
Ted Cruz
Jeb Bush
John Kasich
Ben Carson
Depends/Undecided

42
22
14
3
7
2
10

PostQ6a.Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these Republican presidential candidates do you think is best
prepared for the job of President?
John Kasich
Donald Trump
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio
Jeb Bush
Ben Carson
Depends/Undecided

22
20
16
14
12
3
13

PostQ7. Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these candidates do you think most represents your values?

Donald Trump
Marco Rubio
Ben Carson
John Kasich
Ted Cruz
Jeb Bush
Depends/Undecided

Republican and independent voters who watched debate


%
27
16
16
15
12
5
8

PostQ8. Which candidate would do the best job handling each?

a. The economy and jobs


b. Terrorism
c. Immigration
d. Bringing needed change

Respondents:
601
Margin of error: 4.5 pts.

Trump
55%
40%
44%
45%

Kasich
19
12
12
15

Rubio
7
17
20
14

Cruz
9
18
13
13

Bush
6
10
6
2

Carson
4
4
4
11