Dr. Ben Carson is surging in Iowa in a couple of polls released last Thursday and Friday. The latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll shows that Dr. Carson is most electable as better than three-quarters of the respondents reported, according to a report in Saturday’s USA Today. Not only is Dr. Carson considered the most electable, he is seen as “The most presidential, the most pragmatic and the most trustworthy with his finger on the nuclear button — all characteristics befitting a candidate now leading the GOP horse race in Iowa.”
Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been touting his prowess in local and national polls for months, citing these favorable surveys every chance he gets. After leading every single major poll for nearly 100 days, that phenomenal streak has predictably come to an abrupt end, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this past Thursday. That poll showed Dr. Ben Carson is leading Donald Trump by 8 points, with a 28 – 20 percent lead, among Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 13 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and 10 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll recorded essentially the same results in its latest poll, with Dr. Ben Carson with 28 percent of likely Republican caucus participants, up 10 percentage points since late August. Trump is down, supported by 19 percent.
Donald Trump doesn’t like it one bit, questioning the results that show he is down, even after citing those very same polls when he was up. Politico reported on Saturday that “Trump tees off on Carson, pollsters at Miami golf club rally.” Trump on Friday said at a rally at his Trump National Doral resort and golf club that “I love Iowa and I honestly think those polls are wrong.” Then he acknowledged the results of two Iowa polls this week that showed him falling behind retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
“The biggest headline yesterday, he said: ‘Trump Falls to 2nd Place in Iowa Behind Ben Carson. We Informed Carson But He Was Sleeping.'”
Then Trump launched into a familiar attack, “Ben Carson is leading Iowa supposedly. Ben Carson is ‘super low energy.’ We need tremendous energy,” Trump continued, recycling the “low energy” Jeb Bush attack.
It was not long ago that Trump was leading Carson in Iowa with 27 percent to 21 percent, which is a 14-point positive swing since that last Quinnipiac poll. Bloomberg reported that this is the first time any major survey has shown the famed surgeon ahead in the state.
Trump added that he didn’t “Believe those polls, by the way, because both of those pollsters don’t like me,” he said. He then took a shot at critics citing the polls. “They made it seem like the greatest defeat in history,” he said. “All day long, ugh my head.”
Yes, just like when the polls favored Trump, touting them as the greatest victory in history. All daylong.
Ugh my head.