Although real estate mogul Donald Trump still maintains a double-digit lead over his rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey tracking poll released Tuesday shows that after strong finishes in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, the two senators are "riding a new wave of momentum," Politico
According to the poll:
- Donald Trump, 35 percent;
- Ted Cruz, 20 percent;
- Marco Rubio, 17 percent;
- Ben Carson, 7 percent;
The rest of the field is at 3 percent or less.
Trump is still ahead by 15 percentage points, but the poll notes that his overall support has dropped and Rubio has experienced the largest surge with 5 percentage points.
According to Politico, "Republicans and Republican-leaning voters are increasingly seeing Cruz and Rubio as threats to take the nomination away from Trump."
In terms of who Republicans believe will win the nomination:
- 42 percent say Trump will win the nomination;
- Three in 10 say Cruz will win the nomination;
- 18 percent say Rubio will win the nomination;
Over on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton still holds a 12-point lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
According to the poll among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters:
- Hillary Clinton, 51 percent;
- Bernie Sanders, 39 percent;
And, in terms of who Democrats believe will win the nomination:
- 71 percent say Clinton will win the nomination;
- 27 percent say Sanders will win the nomination;
The survey of 10,707 adults — 9,484 of which who say they’re registered to vote — was conducted online Feb. 1-7.
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