Ben Carson Leads Latest Republican Presidential Poll, With Trump in Second
Ben Carson and Donald Trump are at the top of the latest Republican presidential poll, with Carson taking the lead for the first time in months.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that Carson was chosen by 29 percent of respondents, while Trump was in second with 23 percent, marking the first time since June that the poll has someone other than Trump leading the GOP field.
Carson’s support has tripled since the summer.
Carson and Trump, who have both been heralded as outsiders, have strong leads over the rest of the candidates. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in third with 11 percent and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in fourth with 10 percent, while former Florida Gov. Job Bush notched fifth with 8 percent of respondents indicating they would vote for him.
Although the Republican field is notably large, no other candidate garnered more than 3 percent support.
Carson said via Facebook that he’s pleased to be in first place, but acknowledged there’s lots of time before the primary.
“Obviously I would rather be first than last. However, there will be no victory lap. This is a long race and there are many more polls coming,” he said.
Trump on Twitter drew attention to other recent polls, including one by Investor’s Business Daily that found him up 28 percent to Carson’s 23 percent.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2015
As he often does, Trump retweeted some supporters—including many who said they’re ignoring the poll results. “The polls are for the news cycle. Trump is miles ahead and leaving all others in the dust,” said one.
The poll was undertaken from Oct. 25 to Oct. 29, and reached 1,000 adults, including 400 Republican primary voters. The margin of error for that portion is 4.9 percent.
The next Republican debate is scheduled for Nov. 10 in Milwaukee, and another will take place on Dec. 15 in Nevada.