A national poll of Republican primary voters shows Gov. Bobby Jindal drawing 1 percent support, damaging his already dim chances of appearing in prime time Thursday in the first nationally televised debates of the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The NBC News/Wall St. Journal poll, released Sunday, put Jindal and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, in a tie for 12th in the crowded Republican field. Real-estate developer and reality-TV celebrity Donald Trump topped the survey with 19 percent.
Fox News, the host of the Thursday debates, will include in its two-hour debate at 8 p.m. CT the top 10 candidates ranked by their average standing in five recent national polls as of Tuesday, plus ties. Fox has not specified which polls it will apply, but Jindal hasconsistently ranked outside the top 10 in national surveys.
The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted July 26-30.
Meanwhile, a new poll shows Jindal picking up support in Iowa, which hosts the Feb. 1 caucuses that launch the nomination process. Jindal has campaigned heavily in Iowa as part of his early-states strategy, and his team has belittled the importance of the Fox News debate.