Carson drops among Republicans in new poll

November 26, 2015

Presidential candidate Ben Carson is fading among Republican voters in the race to secure the party’s nomination that begins in February, according to the most recent Reuters/Ipsos polling data.

Carson, who was nipping at the heels of the front runner of four months, Donald Trump, is now in a three-way tie for second with Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

The poll of 352 likely Republican voters was conducted November 21 through 25 and has a margin of error of six percentage points.

Just nine percent of those polled say they would vote for him, compared with 11 percent for Cruz and 10 percent for Rubio. Trump holds a massive lead; he remains the heavy favorite with 37 percent. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, meanwhile, garners just seven percent.

When independent voters are factored in, Trump manages a slightly lower 31 percent, while Carson, Cruz and Rubio get seven percent. Bush is in a statistically insignificant tie for second with six percent.

Among Republican voters, Carson reached 18 percent just a month ago, but his support has dipped as Cruz and Rubio gained steam.

The retired neurosurgeon has also been under fire in recent weeks for a series of statements, including the clarification that he never sought admission to the West Point Military Academy, despite writing in his autobiography that he had been offered a full scholarship to attend the institution.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a campaign event in Pahrump, Nevada November 23, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

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