Trump’s poll numbers take a hit and Kevin McCarthy gaffes on Benghazi.

Trump’s Popularity Dips, Ever So Slightly 

Trump’s Popularity Dips, Ever So Slightly 

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Oct. 7 2015 3:11 PM

The Softer Side of Trump’s Poll Numbers

Is the often-predicted Trump slide finally, possibly, kind of happening? 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference before his campaign event on Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Photo illustration by Juliana Jiménez. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Listen to Episode 20 of Podcast for America!


Podcast for America is your inside look at the roving pageant of American democracy, self-love, and personal enrichment that is a presidential campaign cycle. Your hosts are Annie Lowrey of New York magazine, Alex Wagner of MSNBC, and Mark Leibovich, national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine.

This week, we’ve said it once. We’ve said it twice. We’ll say it again! Trump’s poll numbers are dipping, leaving him with a narrow 5-point lead ahead of competitor Ben Carson. Is this an indicator of an impending Trump slide or just more smoke in the wind?

Next, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy let slip that one of the main objectives of the Benghazi special committee was to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton. How much will this gaffe damage his campaign for speaker of the House?

And lastly, we shift our gaze to Joe Biden and his possible run for president.

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Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for New York Times Magazine and the author of This Town.

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.

Alex Wagner is the host of MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner.