NY Times/CBS News Poll: Carson Comes Out Ahead In Nationwide Poll

| by Sean Kelly
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Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has a slight lead nationally in the Republican presidential race, according to a new poll from the New York Times/CBS News.

The poll is the first in which real estate mogul Donald Trump has not led GOP candidates since the Times and CBS News began taking surveys in July. The latest poll showed Carson at 26 percent among Republican primary voters, while Trump won support from 22 percent of those polled. 

The other GOP candidates garnered single digit results from voters, with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida sitting at 8 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina garnering 7 percent support each, and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas at 4 percent each.

Despite the lead for Carson, 7 in 10 of those who expressed support for any candidate said it was too early to say for sure which candidate they would support. Only 28 percent said their minds were made up. 

Trump supporters showed themselves to be more firm in their support than Carson’s, with 55 percent of Trump supporters saying their minds were made up. Eighty percent of Carson’s supporters said it was too early to definitively support the candidate.

The nationwide poll was conducted Oct. 21-25 via telephone. A total of 575 Republican primary voters were surveyed, and the margin of error is plus or minus 6 percentage points for each candidate.

Sources: CNBC, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, iprimages/Flickr