Wow: Republicans Trust Donald Trump More Than Megyn Kelly

In the epic battle between Donald Trump and uppity debate moderator Megyn Kelly, Republicans have clearly chosen sides.
Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
16
In the epic battle between Donald Trump and uppity debate moderator Megyn Kelly, Republicans have clearly chosen sides.
trumpkelly

Remember back when insulting Megyn Kelly was going to be the nail that finally sealed Donald Trump's titanium coffin? Things didn't quite work out that way, even after people widely assumed that Trump was chalking up Kelly's tough questioning to a visit from her Aunt Flo. Now, things have gone from bad to worse for Kelly, whose career as a journalist relies on a bond of trust with her largely conservative audience. According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, Republicans still trust Fox News more than they trust Donald Trump, but the same can't be said for the network's most visible and respected journalist:

Who do you trust more: Donald Trump or Fox News?
Donald Trump 30% .................................................
Fox News 42% ........................................................
Not sure 28%

Who do you trust more: Donald Trump or Megyn Kelly?
Donald Trump 37% .................................................
Megyn Kelly 34% ....................................................
Not sure 29%

It would be comforting to think that maybe Republican voters have wised up about Kelly, but a look into PPP's crosstabs shows that Kelly is still more trusted than Trump by supporters of all but three of the GOP presidential candidates:

ppppoll

Most of Kelly's trust deficit comes from just three candidates: Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, and Ted Cruz. Unfortunately for Kelly, those three candidates represent 40% of GOP voters, and a good chunk of her audience.

The other big story from that PPP poll is the emergence of Ben Carson as a serious challenger to Donald Trump's dominance of the Republican field. While Trump leads Carson overall by 14 points, things don't look so great when Trump goes head-to-head with Carson:

Ben Carson is easily the most popular candidate in the field with a 68/14 favorability rating. The closest anyone else comes to that is Marco Rubio at 58/24. Carson is also the most frequent second choice of GOP voters at 13%. And he's the only Republican who would win a head to head showdown with Trump, 49/43. Among candidates with meaningful support, only Mike Huckabee's supporters would go to Trump in a head to head with Carson.

Trump has yet to attack Carson, but when he does, Republican voters will face another choice like the one they faced with Megyn Kelly. Since this poll also showed, incredibly, that only 14% of Republicans believe that President Obama is a Christian, I'm betting Trump still has lots of headroom.