WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2015 – Carly Fiorina is the clear winner of the latest GOP debate, according to CNN poll results released on Sunday. The former HP executive is right behind Donald Trump, who has lost some support since the last poll, according to the CNN/ORC poll.
Trump is still the party’s front-runner with 24 percent of support, despite an 8 point decrease from 32 percent. However, Fiorina ranks second with 15 percent support, up from 3 percent in early September. Fiorina is ahead of Ben Carson’s 14 percent, though Carson’s support has also declined from 19 percent in the previous poll.
According to CNN, 23 million people tuned in to Wednesday night’s GOP debate to watch Fiorina clash with Trump. Fiorina appears to have won backing by using class to counter the crass statements Trump has made about her.
Her surge may be due to her impassioned speech about the inhumanity of Planned Parenthood and the inner strength she has revealed speaking about the loss of her daughter to drugs and her own battle with breast cancer. Anyone who knows anyone who has survived either of these personal tragedies knows just how strong Fiorina is.
The fact that Fiorina can go toe-to-toe with world leaders and Congress is, at best, difficult to dispute. Fiorina gives women a choice beyond Hillary Clinton of someone who has battled many of the same challenges that they have. She is a woman who climbed the corporate ladder and who is now climbing the political ladder.
And the only criticism media is coming up with against Fiorina is that she needs to smile more (CNN’s Michael Smerconish Complains Carly Fiorina Didn’t Smile Enough in GOP Debate), which is even more insulting to her and other women than Donald Trump’s “look at that face” comment in Rolling Stone magazine.
According to the Voter Participation Data Center:
There were 27.7 million unmarried women of voting age in 1978 and 56.8 million in 2014—an increase of more than 29 million. In 2014, the percentage of unmarried women who registered to vote was 60.5%, or about 2 percentage points higher than in 1978, the Census Bureau reported. But the share of single women who voted declined in the non-presidential elections years, from 39.2% in 1978 to 35.6% last year. (In 2012, the last presidential year, the percentage of unmarried women who registered was 68.6% and the voting turnout rate was 57.8%.)
Tomorrow, Sept. 22, is Voter Registration Day. You can register to vote online by going to Rock The Vote