Polls: 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson ties Donald Trump
Nov 12 2015
Republican lead presidential candidate Ben Carson and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton would tie in a head-to-head matchup, based on the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal (WSJ) poll. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush only had 4 percent of support.
If those two primary results were to pan out, poll respondents would picked Carson to carry North Carolina over Clinton next November, 48 to 44 percent. Ted Cruz (R-TX) beats her 46 percent to 43 percent.
52 percent of voters had an unfavorable view of Clinton while 60 percent said the same for Trump.
On the Democratic side of the voting poll, front-runner Hillary Clinton added to her already-commanding lead over Vermont Sen. Quinnipac University Poll Assistant Director Tim Malloy acknowledgedCarson's popularity boost but also pointed out that one year from the actual elections is still a long time for people to change their minds and decide for who to put in their ballots in 2016 elections.
Conversely, Carson has a tremendous favorable rating, 49 percent to 25 percent, with a sizable 25 percent saying they haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion. Chris Christie's favorability is 57 percent, which shows a marked improvement since March, when his favorability was a mere 32 percent in the Quinnipiac poll. But Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are rising. His current two-point deficit is down from an eight-point deficit three months ago. The growing trust shows Trump's campaign message - that his experience in business means voters should pick him to negotiate trade deals or take on Russia's Vladimir Putin - is resonating. Per the poll, 50% of responders would vote for Carson over Clinton.
If it's Clinton versus Trump, Clinton would have 47 percent of the vote to Trump's 42 percent.
The other head-to-heads are closer: Clinton trails Rubio, 46% to 41%, but tops Trump 46% to 43%, Cruz (46% to 43%) and Christie (46% to 41%).
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,144 registered voters nationwide from October 29-Nov. 2. One in four respondents said they didn't know who they would support, according to a release from MTSU.