New polls released by Public Policy Polling and Quinnipiac University show both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton maintaining comfortable leads in their respective Republican and Democratic presidential races. While support for the two front-runners has lagged since August, both continue to trounce their competition nationwide and in important swing states.
According to MSNBC, Trump currently holds 27 percent of Republican support in a poll released by PPP on Oct. 6. Coming in second is retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 17 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida clocking in at 13 percent.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who had experienced a big bump after the second Republican presidential debate in September, seems to have stagnated. She has dropped to 6 percent, falling behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
PPP’s polling shows that Trump’s support has ticked down 2 percent since August while Carson has bumped up by 2 percent. Both candidates have no previous political experience and have been embraced by Republican voters for their outsider status. The PPP poll also shows Trump leading in every Republican subgroup, according to MSNBC.
Rubio is in a strong position as the highest polling establishment candidate, according to Breitbart. As the crop of Republican presidential contenders inevitably whittles down, Rubio stands to gain the bulk of establishment support, which can prove invaluable in a presidential primary.
Meanwhile, the PPP data shows Hillary Clinton still leading the Democratic field with 42 percent, MSNBC reports. While support for the former secretary of state has dropped by 13 percent since August, she still retains a strong lead for the Democratic presidential nomination. Coming in second is Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont with 24 percent, a bump of 4 percent since August.
Vice President Joe Biden is currently polling at 20 percent, although he has not announced his candidacy.
CNN reports that Quinnipiac has released data focusing on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, which are considered pivotal swing states in both primaries. Both Trump and Clinton lead in all three states but have a deficit in likability ratings. While both are currently leading the polls, the swing states voters all rate Carson and Biden as more likeable.