In an increasingly crowded field of Republican presidential candidates, neurosurgeon Ben Carson has emerged as the temporary leader of the pack in a new poll released by Monmouth University out of New Jersey.
The poll questioned registered Republican voters on their preferences for which candidate they would like to see as the eventual nominee and favorability ratings for each official and unofficial Republican contender.
With 11 percent of the vote, Carson received the most support of Republican participants when asked which of the candidates voters like to see as the GOP presidential nominee. Not far behind were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 10 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tied at 9 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 8 percent.
Many other well-known Republican names were included in this poll, as well. For example, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tied with 6 percent of support for each.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 2010 California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and billionaire businessman Donald Trump all register between 2 and 4 percent support.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ohio Gov. John Kasich received 1 percent of the vote, although neither have officially declared a presidential bid. Former New York Gov. George Pataki received less than 1 percent of the vote.
Since the last poll was conducted in April, Carson and Rubio have gained the most support while Cruz, Bush and Trump have all lost ground.
“You would be hard pressed to look at these results and identify an emerging top tier in the Republican field, let alone a so-called front runner,” said Patrick Murray, the director of the polling institute.
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In terms of favorability, Rubio once again benefits with a 54 percent rating. Carson has a 45 percent favorable rating, but it is Fiorina who seems to have benefited the most, with an 11 point jump in her favorability rating from two months ago.
Other questions asked concerned immigration policies, national security and gun rights.
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