Donald Trump, rebounding from criticism over his remarks calling many immigrants criminals, is on the top of the GOP presidential contender pack in North Carolina.
Public Policy Polling released a survey Wednesday finding that Trump was the top choice in the Republican primary, with 16 percent. Following are Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 12 percent; Mike Huckabee, 11 percent; Ben Carson and Marco Rubio, 9 percent; Rand Paul, 7 percent; Ted Cruz, 6 percent; Chris Christie, 5 percent; Carly Fiorina, 4 percent; Rick Perry, 2 percent; and Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum, 1 percent.
Trump, who previewed some of his controversial comments in Raleigh last month, has a higher favorability rating in North Carolina than has been seen in national polls: 55 percent favorable and 32 percent unfavorable. He has a substantial favorability rating among those who call themselves very conservative, and is polling well among younger voters.
Bush, who had been leading in this state in previous PPP surveys, has an overall 43/35 rating, which drops him to seventh place among contenders. Huckabee has the highest favorability rating at 65/19. Rubio and Carson showed well in this category, too.
Matched against Hillary Clinton in the general election, Huckabee and Walker had the strongest showings, leading her by 4 percentage points (49/45 for Huckabee and 47/43 for Walker). The weakest in that match-up, those surveyed said, were Trump and Christie, who each trailed her by three points.
Clinton had a much stronger showing as a candidate in the general election than any of the Democratic primary opponents.
The poll had a margin of error of 4.3 percent, and a wider margin for individual the primary matchups: 5.8 percent. It was taken from Thursday to Monday, and surveyed 529 registered voters nearly evenly split between the two parties; 80 percent responded by phone, while 20 percent who didn’t have phones responded over the Internet.
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