A CNN/ORC poll released Dec. 4 showed Donald Trump taking the lead among Republican and Republican-leaning voters.
The poll showed Trump leading with 36 percent of the vote, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in second with 16 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who finished second in the October CNN/ORC poll, fell to third place with 14 percent.
The only other candidate to garner double digits in the poll was Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 12 percent.
Many predicted Trump’s lead among GOP candidates would fade following a summer of continuous inflammatory and controversial comments, including his suggestion that Muslims register in a special database in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. He also voiced his support for the surveillance of mosques.
“I'm gonna get people jobs and I'm going to protect people. And that's why whenever there's a tragedy, everything goes up, my numbers go way up because we have no strength in this country, we have weak, sad politicians,” he said following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2.