Carson leads Trump in Iowa presidential poll

Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, left, and Donald Trump talk before the start of the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, left, and Donald Trump talk before the start of the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

HAMDEN, Conn. (KWQC) – A new poll of perspective Iowa caucus-goers shows a shift in support for the front-runners in the Republican presidential nomination. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Dr. Ben Carson leads Donald Trump 28 to 20 percent among Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 13 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and 10 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Last month, a similar poll put Trump on top.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got six percent support, with Carly Fiorina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush garnering five percent, each. No other candidate received more than three percent, and another three percent surveyed were undecided.

Officials say the results show Carson’s appeal is especially strong among the Iowa’s white, evangelical Christian community, among whom Carson is receiving 36 percent support over Trump’s 17 percent.
Trump gets the highest mark for strong leadership qualities, 80 percent, to Carson’s 76 percent.
Bush has the right kind of experience to be president, 76 percent of Republicans say, topping Cruz at 70 percent, Rubio at 69 percent, Carson at 57 percent, and Trump at 56 percent.

Looking at which candidate can best handle different issues, Carson leads in only one area, as 31 percent of Republicans say he can best handle social issues. On handling other issues:
-Trump tops Carson 41 – 12 percent on the economy;
-Trump over Carson 32 – 13 percent on taxes;
-Trump tops Carson 37 – 9 percent on illegal immigration;
-Rubio and Trump are close at 18 – 17 percent, respectively, on foreign policy, with Carson at 9 percent.

From October 14 – 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 574 likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants with a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points. Live interviewers called land-lines and cell phones.  http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling

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