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Poll: Carson Is the Best-Liked 2016 Contender

The latest poll by Gallup has found that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is the best-liked candidate across both parties.

According to the poll, Carson was viewed favorably by 42 percent of voters, while only 21 percent had an unfavorable view.

In contrast, Carly Fiorina, the second most favorable candidate, had a 28 percent favorable rating and a  22 percent unfavorable, resulting in a net favorability of 6.

The Hill reports:

Republican Marco Rubio places third, nabbing a 5 overall.

Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, is the most popular Democratic presidential contender among all national voters, with a net favorability of 4.

Those results tie Sanders with GOP candidates John Kasich and Mike Huckabee.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton ranks ninth of 11 candidates, with a minus 6 net score.

Donald Trump, Carson’s fiercest competition in the race, is the least-liked candidate from either party.

Trump ranks last out of 11 candidates with a minus 22 net favorability rating. He has a 34 percent favorable rating paired with a 56 percent unfavorable rating.

Gallup conducted its latest sampling of 7,128 adults age 18 and older via telephone from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1 nationwide. It has a 3-point margin of error.

Trump and Carson are neck and neck for next year’s Republican presidential nomination. Carson leads Trump by less than 1 percentage point, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.

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