Here are five things we’ve learned from recent 2016 polling:
1. Carly Fiorina Rising from Second-Tier Debate
But now, she’s soared into a tie for fifth place in Iowa and a tie for fourth in New Hampshire with 9 percent, according to new CNN/ORC and Boston Herald/Franklin Pierce polls out in the last 24 hours.
But Fiorina was already acting like a general election candidate on Thursday, attacking Clinton during her closing statement.
2. Ben Carson Makes Strides in Iowa
Dr. Ben Carson’s debate performance may have moved him near the top of the list in Iowa.
The neurosurgeon won over new fans after his closing remarks at the debate, talking about unity despite racial tensions. “Those that want to divide us, we shouldn't let them do it,” he said.
3. Trouble With Email
A majority of Americans say that Hillary Clinton’s emails should be subject to a criminal investigation for potential release of classified material, according to a new Monmouth University poll out Wednesday morning.
Still, 51 percent say that she just used her personal email for convenience and that it doesn’t suggest she has anything to hide.
But news of her private email server has grabbed the headlines, and Americans are paying attention. Six in 10 –- including a majority of independents –- say they have seen or heard “a lot” about Clinton’s private email account, according to the same poll. Only 15 percent say they haven’t heard anything at all.
Clinton has maintained that she did nothing illegal.
4. As Popular as Donald Trump?
So is it time to raise red flags in Clinton camp? In a word: No.
Even though new CNN/ORC numbers in Iowa today match her smallest lead there this cycle (50-31 percent), she still has strong majority support and leads by a broad 19 points.
Not to mention, recent polls have still shown her leading by as many as 40 percentage points nationally – never polling at less than 50 percent nationally.
5. Trump Still Out In Front
In New Hampshire, his lead is at six points, garnering 19 percent support.
Still, Trump’s high unfavorability numbers in recent polls threaten to hinder his ability to broaden his support.