Bliss Institute/Zogby Analytics release GOP State of the Race poll

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August 4, 2015 – Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential field with 25% among likely GOP primary voters, according to a University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and Zogby Analytics poll released today. The poll paints a picture of the state of the race in the 2016 GOP presidential campaign heading into the first national debate Thursday, August 6, in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to their findings based on 565 likely GOP primary voters across the country, Donald Trump (25%) is followed by Jeb Bush (17%) and Scott Walker (9%).

Rounding out the top nine candidates are Ben Carson and Ted Cruz (6%), Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee (5%), and Marco Rubio (4%). There is a statistical dead heat for the tenth spot among seven candidates, including Chris Christie, Rick Perry, and John Kasich.

Voter predictions as to which candidate will win the debate generally follow this order, with 26% predicting Trump will win and 17% predicting Bush.

However, 67% of Republican voters say Trump will get the most publicity from the debate.

“The state of the race remains in flux,” said Dr. John C. Green, director of UA’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, “and the difference between the poll standing of the last several candidates in the debate will be small.”

Overall, 67% of likely GOP primary voters are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the current field of candidates.

About one-third (31%) of Republican voters approve of Cleveland, Ohio as the site of the first official Republican debate. And voters are nearly evenly divided on the rules for including candidates set by Fox News: 38% agree with limiting the debate to the top candidates, while 39% say it should be open to all the candidates.

Three-fifths (60%) of GOP voters say they plan to watch the debate on Thursday night and another one-quarter (24%) are undecided.

The survey was an online conducted by Zogby Analytics 8/3/15-8/4/15 as part of a national survey of likely voters. The margin of error for likely Republican voters is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

The University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics is a teaching and research institute that specializes in the “nuts and bolts” of practical politics. It has conducted a wide variety of studies on public opinion, political activists and campaigns, with a special focus on the battleground state of Ohio.

On the eve of the debate, the Bliss Institute teams up with two Northeast Ohio universities to get an insider’s perspective from noted GOP strategist Karl Rove. This presidential debate preview – which also serves as a scholarship fundraiser – will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, at Cibréo Privato, 1438 Euclid Avenue in the Playhouse Square district of downtown Cleveland. The event, moderated by Dr. Green, is co-sponsored by The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. For tickets and more information, go to

Engage with the Bliss Institute on Twitter during the entire presidential election campaign at @UAkronBliss and use the hashtag #Bliss2016.

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