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Who Would Make Cut if First GOP Candidate Debate Was Held Today?

Trump, Walker, Bush, Paul, Rubio are top five; clusterfudge at bottom of latest poll.

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The first debate among Republican candidates for president will be held on August 6 on Fox News, which has said it will limit participation to the top 10 hopefuls according to a variety of polls. It's somewhat safe to say that if you don't make that first cut, you're likely done.Which is bad news for Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, and a bunch of other folks.

Above are results from the latest Fox poll, taken between July 13-15. These are responses from people who identified as "likely Republican primary voters." John Kasich is listed in the 10th slot, but that's probably because his last name comes alphabetically before Rick Santorum, who is also pulling 2 percent.

Other interesting findings from the poll include:

  • 64 percent agree a system should be set up so illegal immigrants can become legal (30 percent want to "deport as many as possible."
  • 54 percent agree with the statement "I dismiss [Donald Trump], he's just a loudmouth" while 34 percent agree with "I admire him—he's got guts."
  • 53 percent think Donald Trump is "basically wrong" regarding Mexicans being a problem in the United States, while 44 percent agree with him.
  • 58 percent think Hillary Clinton is more likely the "hide the truth" rather than tell it.

For full poll results, go here.

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  1. So “classy” Trumps all.

    As if we didn’t know this was the case.

    Suck it, cosmos!

    /contraritarian

  2. That first “other interesting” finding from the poll tells me that few of the respondents are paying attention to Trump but just just know his name. I’d be surprised if they knew much about any of the candidates. Primary voters are usually less stupid in my opinion than general voters but stupid nonetheless. In any event, Trump is a fad and one not long on staying power.

    1. Trump is a fad and one not long on staying power.

      /Donald Voice *On*

      You WISH that were the case, Fist. You HOPE that’s the case. Because you’re afraid of The Donald. But secretly, deep down, in places in your soul you don’t want to talk about, you WANT me in that race. You NEED me in that race.

      God Bless America. This is gonna be ‘uuuuuuge.

      /Donld Voice *Off*

      1. Best contest ever: Trump vs Sanders.

        1. If that happens, it is further evidence that even God has given up on the US and just wants us to suffer for our stupidity.

          And I would find it difficult to disagree with him.

  3. Trump? Santorum? Christie? Bush? The Huckster? I really need to stock up on beer.

    1. Clinton, O’Malley, Sanders.

      You might need to learn how to brew your own.

  4. I see a half penis ejaculating by Santorum.

  5. Trump is #1? I’m sure the Republicans will be shocked when they get another Mitt Romney-style trouncing in the general election.

    1. Not if Randy Savage is his pick for VP.

      1. Picking a dead guy would be an interesting strategy. It could break the lock that the Dems have on the undead vote.

        1. Oooohhhh yeeeeeeahhhhhhh!

        2. Lou Reed could be SOS.

  6. “58 percent think Hillary Clinton is more likely the ‘hide the truth’ rather than tell it.”

    I wouldn’t be surprised if a significant number of the other percent are like some of my buddies and co-workers who self-identify as Republicans and/or conservatives and yet who have said that Clinton is a better option than the likes of Rand Paul.

    1. If you want that nickname to stick we’re going to need pics. And not of the Ice Man.

      1. That was supposed to post below.

    2. “58 percent think Hillary Clinton is more likely the ‘hide the truth’ rather than tell it.””

      I would re-phrase that to,

      “…Hillary Clinton is more likely to have The Truth’s throat slit, its body dismembered, put in a barrel, dissolved in acid, and the smoking chemical sludge dumped on the new-car of her political-enemy’s teenage daughter, just to send a message

  7. Big Jugs (my new, self-proclaimed nickname that will surely stick) made this point yesterday. Even if Trump started off the campaign as a way to garner attention, he has since become viable, so I assume his ego is going to make him continue on.

    1. His problem is he doesn’t have any realistic policy prescriptions on anything. Of course that actually worked for the last guy so maybe I’m the idiot.

      1. I do not think policy matters anymore, if it ever even did. I am very cynical with this stuff, but I think general elections have become about which person do you like or makes you feel good or speaks with your voice, or something like that. Policy is meaningless. Bush seemed genial and he was fighting terrorists, so he won the second time. Obama made people better about themselves, so he wins. I do not think Trump will win, but he is going to be a prominent figure throughout the duration.

    2. If you want that nickname to stick we’re going to need pics. And not of the Ice Man.

        1. I’ll be in my bunk

      1. You guys are disgusting.

        1. Thanks Virginia:)

  8. I don’t care ,I’m going to watch the open and have a few wee drams of Jonny Walker this weekend. May grill some cod and have mash,yeah

  9. Trump loves nothing more than the sound of his own voice. That will be his undoing.

  10. Thanks, Nick. This also shows why Fox is wrong. Margin of error! With so many candidates, it’s impossible to stay outside the margin of error. The best alternative I’ve read is to divide the list in two. I’d balance them, top to bottom ranked, and require the same questions (and follow-ups) to each group. Use a coin flip to see which half is onstage first.

    One function of candidate debates is that a low-ranked, or lesser-financed, candidate gets a chance to break out. They’ve all earned that shot — even the ones that terrify me.

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