Although Donald Trump slipped in the latest Iowa poll, he is still a strong candidate for president in North Carolina.
In a new survey, Trump leads the other Republican contenders with 31 percent, trailed by Ben Carson with 23 percent and Marco Rubio with 11 percent. The other candidates are stuck at 6 percent or below, according to Public Policy Polling.
That represents a 5 percent increase for Trump over a month ago. Carly Fiorino lost ground, with her support cut in half from 12 percent to 6 percent, and Ted Cruz dropped from 9 percent to 6 percent.
In spite of Trump’s overall lead, it is Carson who consistently ranks among North Carolina voters as the most popular, with a 71 percent favorability rating. Rubio is next with 55 percent.
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It would appear Jeb Bush hasn’t benefitted from his established organization in North Carolina, scoring a rating of 34 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable. In late May, Bush had the lead in this state with a strong favorability rating.
Hillary Clinton received the largest lead she has had since May: 61 percent of Democrats support her compared to 24 percent for Bernie Sanders. But six of eight GOP contenders would beat her, according to PPP. She only leads Bush and Kasich. She would do the worst against Carson.
The PPP survey has an overall margin of error of 3.3 percentage points. It was taken from Friday to Sunday of 893 voters, nearly evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Phone surveys were conducted with 80 percent of the respondents and online with 20 percent who didn’t have landlines.