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PPP Poll: Trump Holds 7-Point Lead Over Carson

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By    |   Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 12:16 PM

The large GOP presidential primary field has a clear top four — and Donald Trump still leads it, a new poll shows.

Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling notes its latest survey shows that little has changed from October in the Republican top tier:
  • Trump: 26 percent
  • Ben Carson: 19 percent
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: 14 percent
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: 13 percent
  • Jeb Bush: 5 percent
  • Carly Fiorina; 4 percent
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 4 percent
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 3 percent
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 3 percent
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: 2 percent
  • South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham: 1 percent
  • Former New York Gov. George Pataki: 1 percent
  • Undecided: 2 percent
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal, who has since dropped out of the race all netted 0 percent.

Trump and Carson were first and second in the PPP survey in October with 27 percent and 17 percent respectively. Cruz has doubled his 7 percent support in October, but Bush has taken a dive from his 10 percent support in that October survey.

"It is really remarkable how static this year's race has become compared to the 2012 Republican contest," Dean Debnam, president of PPP, said in a statement.

"Only two candidates have seen their support shift more than 2 points over the last six weeks, and Trump and Carson have been the clear top two for almost three months now. It's a lot less topsy turvy this time around."

In a head-to-head contest, Trump loses to Cruz, however.
  • Trump/Cruz: 44/46
  • Trump/Rubio: 46/44
  • Trump/Carson: 50/41
  • Trump/Bush: 56/34
According to the pollster, Cruz has also had an improvement in his favorability ratings, from 50/30 a month ago to 55/26 in the current survey.

Among "very conservative voters," Cruz is ahead.
  • Cruz: 29 percent
  • Trump: 24 percent
  • Carson: 22 percent
Also, among tea party voters:
  • Cruz; 26 percent
  • Trump: 23 percent
  • Carson: 23 percent
"He is definitely the candidate headed in the right direction with the right at this time," the pollster noted.

The margin of error for the whole survey is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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