WASHINGTON – Donald Trump remains the front-runner among republicans running for president a new poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal shows. Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson trails the businessman by three points.
Trump, with the highest numbers of support he’s received since entering the race, has the backing of 25-percent of republican primary voters – up four percent from a month ago. Trump’s closest rival, Ben Carson, is up two points with 22-percent, up two points.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in third place, getting support from 13 percent of GOP voters, while Ted Cruz (at nine percent, up four points since last month ) and Jeb Bush (at eight percent, up one point since last month) are in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The new poll, which surveyed respondents between October 15 and October 18, saw a slight dip in support for former HP executive Carly Fiorina, who fell from 11 percent last month to seven percent this month. Fiorina won a boost late this summer from strong performances in the two televised Republican debates.
Receiving support in the low single digits in the poll are former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (three percent), Ohio Gov. John Kasich (three percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (two percent) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (one percent.)
Five candidates still in the race – South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore – registered less than one percent support.