Political outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson continue to surge in popularity with GOP voters, pulling far ahead of the rest of the Republican presidential primary pack, a new poll shows.
The Washington Post/ABC News survey
, released Monday, shows real estate billionaire Trump with 33 percent of Republican-leaning voters and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Carson with 20 percent.
Polling for the rest of the field included:
- Jeb Bush, 8 percent
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, each with 7 percent
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 5 percent
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 3 percent
- Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 2 percent each
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal , Rick Santorum, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has quit the race, all with 1 percent.
- Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, 0 percent.
In a general election among registered voters, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is neck-and-neck with Trump
, ahead 46 percent to 43 percent. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
In other polling on Democrats, the survey finds:
- Clinton was the top choice, at 42 percent, a fall of 21 percent since July's level of support. Her support from women fell to 42 percent, compared with 71 percent in July.
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet announced his candidacy, follow with 24 percent and 21 percent respectively.
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