Conservative Review has a breakdown on the myriad candidates on the Republican side of next years electoral scrum. To simplify their chart using an unweighted system of +1 for green, -1 for red and 0 for yellow and sorted high to low:
I still prefer a governor as a presidential candidate. The top people
here are good on the issues, but don't present well coming I suppose from long
experience at getting along. Trump is PT Barnum on crack as a presenter
if a bit weak on the issues.
The popularity polls like Gallup are more influenced by presentation
than positions on the issues as long as the candidate doesn't come out
too strongly in favor of something disgusting. Hence we have Trump,
Carson, and Fiorina holding down the top 3 places.
One would expect that convention delegates would be more strongly
influenced by the candidates positions on the issues than the average
registered voter. One would also hope that the issues candidates would
learn something from the presentation people between now and then.
Prince Charming was 1: a Prince and 2: Charming. Prince Dishwater didn't
get the fair maid.