Bear in mind, this poll doesn’t take into account any feelings America may or may not have following last week’s Presidential debate, but the sentiment it demonstrates is significant. Dr. Ben Carson is listed as the Republican favorite and not Donald Trump in a national poll released today.
Last week, CBS and the NYT had a similar poll, which also showed Carson leading Trump among Republican voters, but since the underlying agency leaned Democrat, most news outlets dismissed the poll as an outlier. Today, NBC and WSJ substantiated the findings, noting that the Trump-mentum that had propelled the real estate mogul to the top of the pack for months, seems to have plateaued.
Ben Carson has surged into the lead of the Republican presidential race, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
That’s the highest percentage any GOP candidate has obtained so far in the survey.
Carson’s 29 percent is followed by Donald Trump at 23 percent, Marco Rubio at 11 percent, Ted Cruz at 10 percent and Jeb Bush at 8 percent. These findings are similar to a New York Times/CBS poll released last week, which also showed Carson in first place in the national GOP contest.
According to NBC News, a combined 50% of voters had Carson as either their first or second choice, which means that he’s the first candidate to official break 50% on any poll. Of course, only a portion of the poll was taken following the Presidential debate held by CNBC last Wednesday, so the numbers may be slightly different, especially when you consider that Rubio and Cruz both felt surges following their debate performances and Carson, while good on the stump, has been underwhelming in the debate format.
Trump, of course, did not do well in the CNBC debate, but hasn’t seemed to suffer from it, possibly because he’s finally reached peak popularity. This poll, though, puts him a full 15 points behind Dr. Carson if you take into account people’s first and second choices. It seems that, if you like Trump, you really like Trump. But if you’re just not that into him, you don’t have him further down on your list. People love Trump or they hate him, and the schism is starting to show. Dr. Carson, of course, has a more universal appeal, giving him greater numbers, and, likely, greater movement.
At any rate, Carson clearly has the momentum. These next several weeks should be very interesting for the top five.
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