Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump now leads his top two challengers — both outsiders — by 10 points, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
Twenty-three percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed last Thursday through Monday in the USA Today/Suffolk University poll
said they would vote for the billionaire developer.
Both retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina finished with 13 percent each.
Only 10 of the 15 candidates seeking the nomination were included in the survey. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percent.
"Despite topping the Republican ballot test, Trump's overall favorability numbers should be of concern to his campaign," said David Paleologos, who directs the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston.
Trump's favorability was at 27 percent, the lowest of the 10 candidates surveyed, while 61 percent of the respondents said they disapproved of him.
"Trump is the Jekyll-and-Hyde candidate," Paleologos said, "strong among conservative voters but viewed much differently once Democrats and independents are in the mix."
Here's how the remaining candidates fared:
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: 9 percent.
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: 8 percent.
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: 6 percent.
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent each.
- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 1 percent each.
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