Donald Trump has lost his crown atop of the Republican field in a new national poll for the first time since July. A new national CBS News/New York Times poll released Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2015 shows that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has captured for the first time the lead in a national poll of GOP candidates and Trump is now demoted to second place. A new Monmouth University poll released on Monday, Oct. 26 foreshadowed Trump’s fall from the top when Carson Iowa overtook Trump to lead in the all-important early primary state of Iowa. The poll was the fourth in Iowa where Trump has lost his lead to Carson. Both candidates are Washington outsiders and Trump has been attacking Carson, a campaign move that is not been proving successful.
In the new CBS News/New York Times poll Carson leads with 26 percent support followed by Trump with 22 percent support. Last month in the same poll, Trump was leading Carson 27 to 23 percent. Still Carson’s lead over Trump of only 4 percent is between the poll’s margin of error. In third place, unmoved is Florida Senator Marco Rubio, but with only 8 percent support. Tying for fourth place is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina both with seven percent support. The remaining GOP candidates poll with four percent or less support.
Carson has been gaining support from women, men and Tea Partiers, and especially evangelicals which is the reason he has also topped three consecutive polls in Iowa, including polls from Quinnipiac University and Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register, and now the Monmouth University poll where Carson leads by 14 points. In the new poll, Carson leads with 32 percent support to Trump’s 18 percent. Tying for third place is Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Rubio both with 10 percent support. In fifth place in Bush with 8 percent, the remaining field has 5 percent or less support. Carson also secured for the first time the top of USA TODAY’s GOP Power Rankings taking over from Trump, while as in all other polls Rubio places third.
Carson’s rise is surprising considering the string of controversial comments the retired neurosurgeon has made on his book tour for “A More Perfect Union” about his past, gun violence, religion, Muslims, immigration and the Holocaust. Trump in turn has been attacking Carson on his religion, comments and views, but Carson refuses to engage Trump. For the past two weeks, since Oct. 5, Carson put his official campaign on hold for his book tour, which has taken him to important campaign states in heart of conservative country including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
Carson did not made stops to other important primary states; however, his book’s release has given even more visibility than the campaign trail appearing in “over 100 media, TV and radio appearances.” Since the book’s release, Carson has been seeing a rise in donations, some small amounts from individuals and it has helped him to rise to the top of pack of Republican candidates and overtake Trump, the strongest personality in the campaign. Carson, Trump and the rest of the GOP field meet in Boulder, Colorado on Wednesday, Oct. 28 for the third Republican primary debate hosted by CNBC.