Poll: Carson holds 1-point lead over Trump
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery Press: Drain the swamp – of Scott Pruitt An ode to fathers MORE and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE are running neck and neck in the race for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination among Republican voters, according to the latest national poll.

Carson leads Trump by a single point in the McClatchy-Marist survey released Tuesday.

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon takes 24 percent to the outspoken billionaire’s 23 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents nationwide.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio heckled by protestors outside immigration detention facility Bill to protect work licenses of student loan debtors is welcome development Political figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer MORE (R-Fla.), the only other GOP contender with double-digit support, ranks third with 12 percent.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration MORE (R-Texas) tie for fourth place with 8 percent each, the new poll added.

Tuesday’s results, however, show that Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe Trump is most capable of winning the 2016 general election.

Pollsters found that 31 percent believe Trump can defeat any Democratic nominee in that match-up next year. Carson earns 26 percent and Rubio again takes third with 19 percent.

The new McClatchy-Marist survey also shows that many Republicans and Republican-leaning independents do not want a Trump victory.

It found that 37 percent do not want the real estate mogul as their party’s nominee in 2016. Almost one-third also rejects Bush as the Republican standard-bearer next year.

Republicans and Republican-leaning independents prefer Carson the more they hear about him, according to the new poll.

A little over two-thirds of respondents have improved opinions of Carson after learning more about him. Another 20 percent said they liked Carson less, while 13 percent reported they were unsure or had not heard of him.  

Rubio ranks second in that category, with 58 percent who increasingly like him the more they hear about him.

Almost half of respondents, however, like Trump less the more they hear versus 44 percent who like him more. 

McClatchy-Marist conducted its latest sampling of 431 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 nationwide. It has a 4.7 percent margin of error.