USA Today/Suffolk University is out with a new poll that finds Donald Trump still leading the GOP primary for president with 23% of support. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are tied for second at 13% with Marco Rubio right behind them with 9%. Jeb Bush places fourth with 8% of support. John Kasich, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee all have 2%, while Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham are barely registering in the poll at 1%.
It is interesting to note that the top three candidates have never held political office and are beating the more established candidates by a wide-margin.
More from USA Today:
“The poll of 380 likely Republican primary voters, taken Thursday through Monday, has a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points. The full sample of 1,000 likely voters has an error margin of 3 points.
Some political analysts, including those in the latest USA TODAY GOP Power Rankings, see Trump as beginning to lose ground as scrutiny on him as a potential president intensifies. Still, he continues to lead the field at 23%, up 6 points from the July survey. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, and Fiorina, an ex-CEO, tie for second at 13%, both big jumps the last poll. That means about half of the GOP electorate now backs candidates who have never served in elective office.
No other candidate breaks into double digits. Rubio is at 9%, Bush at 8%, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 6% and Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 2%. Not a single respondent backs former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum or former New York governor George Pataki.”