Donald Trump climbed to more than double his lead in the race for Republican nomination, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published on Jan. 14.
The poll found that 33 percent of Republican voters supported Trump, with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas trailing him at 20 percent. Trump’s lead among GOP candidates more than doubled from December, when he beat Cruz 27 percent to 22 percent.
The survey found that in a one-on-one race between Trump and Cruz, Cruz beat Trump 51 percent to 43 percent. In a race between Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Trump beat Rubio 52 to 45 percent.
Behind Trump in the poll, aside from Cruz and Rubio, are former neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 5 percent.
Trump’s climb in the polls is significant when considering that only 23 percent of Republican voters said they would support him in March 2015. Now, 65 percent of voters accept the GOP front-runner.