Ben Carson Slipping in the Polls, Amid Ted Cruz Surge

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Dr. Benjamin Carson
Dr. Benjamin Carson

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been experiencing a surge in popularity among Republicans, particularly those who identify as “very conservative,” and it’s coinciding with a dip in popularity for Johns Hopkins’s own Ben Carson.

Public Policy Polling just published the results of the survey, which polled 443 Republican primary voters. In the field of likely Republican contenders, Cruz’s support has increased from 5 percent to 16 percent in a matter of weeks. Carson’s support dropped from 18 percent to 10 percent in the same amount of time.

Carson still has a relatively okay favorability rating. In fact, it’s higher than that of Jeb Bush, whose polling at second place right now. 71 percent of “very conservative” Republicans polled have a favorable opinion of him.

And yet, the trend looks terminal to PPP. “A couple of months ago Ben Carson was the hot thing in the field,” PPP president Dean Debnam wrote. “[N]ow Ted Cruz is and Carson’s support is drying up.”



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