Donald Trump is holding onto his lead among Republicans likely to vote in the Iowa Caucuses, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.
Trump leads the pack with 22 percent according to the poll, followed by Ben Carson at 14 percent.Trump is seen by the most respondents as being able to win the general election and as the most likely to change how things are done in Washington.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who once led the Iowa polls, has fallen to third place at 9 percent.Other candidates in the poll had single digits.
- Ted Cruz, 8 percent
- Carly Fiorina, 7 percent
- Mike Huckabee, 7 percent
- Jeb Bush, 5 percent
- Rand Paul, 5 percent
- Marco Rubio, 5 percent
- Chris Christie, 3 percent
- Lindsey Graham, 2 percent
- Bobby Jindal, 2 percent
- John Kasich, 2 percent
- Rick Perry, 1 percent
- Rick Santorum, 1 percent
- Jim Gilmore, less than 1 percent
- George Pataki, less than 1 percent
Trump does have a gender gap in support. Twenty-seven percent of men surveyed backed Trump while only 15 percent of women did. He also trails Carson among those who describe themselves as “very conservative. Trump runs about even with Walker and Cruz among the “very conservative.”
But Trump was popular among tea party voters. He took 19 percent of that group, while Carson followed with 18 percent. Ted Cruz and Scott Walker each took 11 percent of tea party voters.Trump talked to CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” just after the results were announced, saying, “22 percent… That’s a really big number. So it’s a great honor.”
Trump also responded to a new Rand Paul ad that plays clips of him praising Clinton a decade ago and saying Democrats were better at running economy.
He defended his contributions to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, saying that as a businessman he gave to everyone so they would listen to him when he needed them. But he said he will change the system if he is elected and won’t be swayed by donors.
“Frankly, the people in the tea party who I love so much and they seems to like me a lot, everybody understands that,” Trump said.