Last week's dip in poll numbers was apparently no indication of things to come for Donald Trump. A new CNN/ORC poll shows the Republican contender with his biggest lead yet: 36% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents support him, while his next-closest opponent, Ted Cruz, sits 20 percentage points back at 16%. Ben Carson continues to fall and sits in third at 14%, followed by Marco Rubio at 12%. The rest of the Republican candidates didn't hit 5% support. Chris Christie sits in fifth with 4%, while Jeb Bush fell 5 points down to 3% since the last CNN/ORC poll in mid-October, reports ABC News.
The poll looks at how voter education plays a role: Cruz leads with 22% support among GOP voters with college degrees, while Trump sits fourth with 18%. However, Trump leads by a mile among voters without degrees. He has 46% support, compared to Cruz's 12%. Trump is also leading on most issues. He's at least 30 points up on any GOP candidate when it comes to the economy, federal budget, illegal immigration, and ISIS. All told, 52% of respondents say he has the best shot of winning the election. This latest poll surveyed 1,020 adults from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, and Trump only expects his numbers to climb in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, which happened Dec. 2. "Whenever there's a tragedy … my numbers go way up because we have no strength in this country, we have weak, sad politicians," he tells CNN, per the Hill.