Trump leads, Carson fades in national poll
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE continues to hold a commanding national lead over the field of Republican presidential contenders, as Ben Carson falls back into the pack, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday finds Trump taking 27 percent support, a 10-point lead over the next closest contender. That’s a slight increase for Trump, who stood at 24 percent in the same poll from last month.

“It doesn’t seem to matter what he says or who he offends, whether the facts are contested or the ‘political correctness’ is challenged, Donald Trump seems to be wearing Kevlar,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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The survey finds that Trump is likely near his ceiling, with 26 percent saying they would definitely not support him for president, the highest number among all of the candidates.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE (R-Fla.) is in second place with 17 percent support, followed by retired neurosurgeon Carson and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE (R-Texas) with 16 percent each.

Carson has dropped 7 points from the last poll, while Rubio and Cruz have each gained 3 points.

“Dr. Ben Carson, moving to center stage just one month ago, now needs some CPR. The Doctor sinks. The Donald soars. The GOP, 11 months from the election, has to be thinking, ‘this could be the guy,’” Malloy said. 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in a distant fifth place with 5 percent support, and no other GOP candidate registers more than 3 percent in the poll. Twenty-one percent said they would not vote for Bush.

Among Republicans polled, Rubio now has the highest net favorability rating, with 66 percent favorable and 8 percent unfavorable. Carson has the highest favorable rating, with 67 percent, but his 13 percent unfavorable rating brings his net score below Rubio’s.

Trump has a 64 percent favorability rating in the GOP field, but at 27 percent he has a higher unfavorable rating of all but Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (Ky.), Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Fifty-nine percent of voters nationwide say Trump is not honest or trustworthy, versus 35 percent who say he is. 

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE has widened her lead to 30 points over Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE (I-Vt.).

Clinton takes 60 percent support over Sanders at 30 percent, growing her lead from 53 to 35 in the previous poll. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley takes 2 percent in the poll and 6 percent remain undecided.

Still, a strong majority of voters overall, 60 percent, say Clinton is not honest or trustworthy, against 36 percent who say she is. Among Democrats, 73 percent say she’s honest and trustworthy, while only 7 percent of Republicans say that. 

For Sanders, 59 percent overall say he’s honest and trustworthy and only 28 percent say he’s not. Among Democrats polled, 78 percent think he’s honest and trustworthy, while 39 percent of Republicans find him honest and trustworthy.

Clinton has a lead over all of the top GOP contenders, with Rubio doing the best in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up. Clinton edges Rubio 45 to 44. Rubio led Clinton by 5 points in the same poll from last month.

Clinton leads Trump by 6, Cruz by 5 and Carson by 3. Carson led Clinton by 10 points last month.

Sanders holds even wider leads over all of those same contenders with the exception of Rubio, who he leads by 1. Sanders has a 6-point lead over Carson, 8 points over Trump and 10 points over Cruz.

The Quinnipiac University survey of 1,453 voters nationwide was conducted between. Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 and has a 2.6 percentage point margin of error. The poll of 672 Republicans has a 3.8 percentage point margin of error, and the survey of 573 Democrats has a 4.1 percentage point margin of error.