Poll: Ben Carson Knocks Donald Trump from Top Spot Nationally
The latest poll by CBS/New York Times has revealed that Republican presidential Ben Carson is in the lead for the Republican Party.
For the first time in 100 days, Carson has surpassed Donald Trump.
Carson managed to win over 26 percent of voters, while Trump received only 22 percent of the vote.
The new numbers also represent a reversal from the last CBS/New York Times poll, taken more than a month ago, which saw Trump leading Carson 27%-23%.
Carson and Trump have been running consistently neck-and-neck since the start of September — with other candidates struggling to keep pace.
The switch in the lead comes as Carson has taken a clear lead in the Iowa race, beating Trump in some polls by double-digits. Trump told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning “I don’t get it.”
CBS/New York Times pollsters found Carson outpacing Trump among women and evangelicals and running even with him among men. Trump performed better with moderate Republicans and voters without college degrees.
No other candidate cracked double-digit support in the latest poll. Marco Rubio won 8% support, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina tied for fourth place with 7 percent and Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and John Kasich each got 4%.
The poll does carry an important caveat, however: 70% of respondents said they had not settled on a choice yet. Trump’s supporters, however, are more locked in with their support.
The most recent CBS/New York Times poll surveyed 575 Republican primary voters and carries a 6-percentage-point margin of error.
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