New Poll Gives Ben Carson His Biggest Lead Yet

Bush sinking despite shiny new slogan
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2015 5:28 AM CST
Updated Nov 3, 2015 6:33 AM CST
New Poll Gives Carson Biggest Lead Yet
Ben Carson speaks in Lakewood, Colo., last week.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Last week's poll putting Ben Carson at the head of the GOP pack was no fluke: An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gives Carson the biggest lead yet among Republican primary voters, with 29% to Donald Trump's 23%. The telephone poll of 400 voters, conducted before and after last week's GOP debate, put Marco Rubio third with 11% and Ted Cruz fourth with 10%, leaving Jeb Bush in fifth place with 8% and the others below 3%. Pollsters say that while it isn't clear whether Carson's popularity will endure, he's currently the most respected candidate running for president from either party and has a broad appeal for GOP voters, with 50% putting him as either their first or second choice.

The poll, which found that only 29% of Americans have favorable views of the GOP, has more bad news for Bush: For the first time, a majority of voters say they wouldn't even consider voting for him, the Journal notes. The candidate, whose campaign was widely seen to be in big trouble after a poor debate performance last week, rolled out new campaign slogan "Jeb Can Fix It" on Monday as part of a campaign "reset" that will see him spend more time in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Globe and Mail reports. The new slogan met with some predictable mockery on Twitter, with Mediaite rounding up some of the funniest responses. (More Ben Carson stories.)

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