DES MOINES, Iowa -- In a new poll released Monday, Quinnipiac University identified the same two Republican front-runners among Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants.
The poll shows businessman Donald Trump leading at 31 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz at 29 percent.
Sen. Marco Rubio finished third at 15 percent and Ben Carson follows at 7 percent.
Chris Christie is at fifth place with 4 percent, while and Jeb Bush fell to a sixth-place tie with Mike Huckabee with 3 percent of the vote.
Rand Paul and John Kasich pick up 2 percent while Rick Santorum and Carly Fiorina finished with just 1 percent each.
As of Monday, 5 percent are undecided, but 46 percent of those who named a candidate say they might change their mind.
“The Iowa Republican Caucuses are tight as a tick entering the final two weeks of the campaign. Voters like Sen. Ted Cruz better than Donald Trump and give him much higher scores for honesty, empathy, experience and for sharing their values,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
This compares to the results of a Dec. 14 survey by the university that showed Trump at 28 percent, with 27 percent for Cruz, 14 percent for Rubio and 10 percent for Carson.
The poll also found that Cruz has a 75 - 17 percent favorability rating among Iowans with Trump at 61 - 34 percent. Republican Caucus participants give Cruz better grades than Trump on most character issues.