Update (Aug 13). Nate Silver has now analyzed seven pairs of pre-post-debate polls. Trump came in next to last (Walker last) with a 2.3% slide pre to post. Not as bad as Rasmussen found, but he is still Toast. Next-to-last out of 17 is not going to frighten the GOP establishment, which is still out to do him in. Of course, he can still run on his own, if he doesn’t like Murdoch and the Kochs dictating the Republican nomination.
From Aug. 11: As we explained, Murdoch (Fox News and Wall St. Jorunal) put out a contract on Trump. And Megyn Kelly did the hit. Trump’s poll numbers just slid from 26% to 17% in the latest Rasmussen poll.