Poll: Carson makes best impression among GOP's outsiders
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Ben Carson is best thought of by voters of the three 2016 Republican presidential candidates lacking political experience, a new poll says. 


Carson receives higher favorability ratings than Carly Fiorina and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE, according to the Washington Post/ABC News survey

The poll released Wednesday said that 45 percent of all adult Americans have a favorable view of the retired neurosurgeon. 

That total includes 19 percent who have a strongly favorable impression of Carson, and 26 percent who have a somewhat favorable one. 

Wednesday’s sampling also found that 27 percent view Carson unfavorably, with 16 percent ranking him somewhat favorably and 11 percent strongly unfavorably. 

The remaining 28 percent, it added, had no opinion of the former doctor. 

Carson’s overall favorability is much higher than Fiorina or Trump, who each tout their business backgrounds in lieu of political experience. 

Trump is the least liked of the three among everyday Americans, scoring a 60 percent unfavorability rating overall. 

Wednesday’s poll said that total includes 41 percent who find him strongly unfavorable and 19 percent who find him somewhat unfavorable. 

Mouthy magnate Trump receives a 35 percent favorability rating, it continued, including 14 percent who say he is strongly favorable and 21 percent who charge he is somewhat favorable. 

Only 5 percent, it added, have no opinion of the front-runner for next year’s Republican presidential coronation. 

Fiorina, meanwhile, nabs a 35 percent favorability rating, the Washington Post/ABC News poll reported. 

It found that she scores a 11 percent strongly favorable rating and a 24 percent somewhat favorable rating.

She received a 30 percent unfavorability rating, including an 18 percent somewhat unfavorable rating and a 12 percent strongly unfavorable rating. 

Another 35 percent had no opinion of Fiorina, implying that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO is still introducing herself to voters. 

The Washington Post and ABC News conducted its latest sampling among 1,000 adults from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27 via cell and landline phones. It has a 4 percent margin of error. 

Trump ranks first out of 15 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination across multiple national polls, with 23.4 percent support to Carson’s 17 percent and Fiorina’s 11.6 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings