Poll: Carson ties Bush for No. 1 among the GOP
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Ben Carson has surged into the top tier of GOP presidential candidates in a Fox News poll released Thursday, tying former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the No. 1 slot.

The poll shows the Tea Party activist and Bush in the lead with 13 percent support each. That’s a jump of 7 percentage points for Carson, who was tied for sixth place in the same poll in April.

Carson’s jump comes on the heels of his presidential announcement two weeks ago in Detroit. His campaign immediately sought to fundraise off the poll, boasting of the more than 100,000 donations it has collected in recent weeks.


Carson has a strong favorability rating, with 26 percent viewing him positively against 16 percent negative, but the former neurosurgeon remains relatively unknown. Forty-nine percent said they had never heard of him.

Only businesswoman Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have worse name ID.

The poll is also good news for Bush, who sat in fourth place with 9 percent support in April.

While Bush’s poll numbers are lagging in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, which many believe to be a reflection of his problems with the base, he continues to poll well nationwide. Bush leads the field nationally, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, with 15.4 percent support.

Still, the Fox News poll shows he’s underwater on favorability, with 37 percent saying they have a positive view of him against 44 percent negative.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sits alone at third place in the Fox News poll with 11 percent support, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 10 percent, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulClapper: Killing of Saudi journalist displays that Trump will ‘accept the words of autocrats’ Trump’s relationship with Saudi crown prince under pressure Rand Paul: 'Evidence is overwhelming' that Saudi crown prince was involved in Khashoggi murder MORE (Ky.) at 7 percent and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDem bundler: Donors waiting on 2020 commitments until Beto O'Rourke makes decision The Hill's Morning Report — GOP victorious in Florida while Dems say `Sunbelt strategy’ looks bright for 2020 Dem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 MORE (Texas) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 6 percent each.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump stokes new unlikely feud Despite recount drama, high level of voter confidence in U.S. electoral system Former Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden defends mission after Trump criticism MORE (Fla.) is one of the few GOP candidates who has a positive favorability rating and is also relatively well-known. Thirty-one percent said they have a favorable view of Rubio, against 27 percent negative, while 31 percent said they hadn’t heard of him.

Walker is surprisingly unknown. While 25 percent say they have a positive view of the Wisconsin governor, only 21 percent view him negatively; 46 percent said they’d never heard of him.

The Fox News survey of 1,006 registered voters was conducted between May 9 and 12 and has a 3 percentage point margin of error.