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Carson Tops Trump In Iowa, New Poll Says

Donald Trump has lost his lead in Iowa to Ben Carson, according to a recent poll. 

The Quinnipiac University poll, released Oct. 22, shows Trump has slipped to 20 percent support among likely caucus-goers in the Iowa, while Carson has climbed to 28 percent support, ABC News reports. 

It marks the first time in more than three months that Trump has not led in the state that will hold the country’s first caucus on Feb. 1, 2016. 

The results show the two candidates have nearly flipped position since the last Quinnipiac poll, released in early September, according to Talking Points Memo. In that poll Trump led Carson 27 percent to 21 percent. 

ABC’s analysis of poll numbers suggests Carson’s recent surge has come mostly from women voters. Carson earned 33 percent support from women while Trump garnered only 13 percent.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has also surged in the crowded Republican field among Iowa voters, and has climbed 8 points to now hold 13 percent support, ABC reports. 

Eighty-four percent of respondents to the Quinnipiac poll said they had a favorable view of Carson, with 89 percent calling him honest and trustworthy. Trump still came out on top, however, when respondents were asked who would best handle the economy and illegal immigration.

The poll was conducted Oct. 14-20. Quinnipiac surveyed, by telephone, 574 likely Republican caucus-goers, according to Talking Points Memo. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. 

Sources: ABC News, Talking Points Memo

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