Trump, Carson pulling away from GOP field

Political outsiders Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE and Ben Carson are pulling away from the rest of the 2016 Republican presidential field, according to a new poll.


Trump attracts support from 33 percent of Republican-leaning voters in a Washington Post/ABC News national poll released Monday morning, while Carson has 20 percent.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, their closest rival, has 8 percent, followed by Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRussian oligarch, allies retain key ownership in company after sanctions lifted: report Senate GOP eyes 'nuclear option' for Trump nominees next week Washington fears new threat from 'deepfake' videos MORE (Fla.) at 7 percent apiece.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is at 2 percent in the new poll, down 13 points from July for the sharpest decline among Republicans.

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Russian pop star linked to Trump Tower meeting cancels US tour Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies MORE is still the top pick for Democratic-leaning voters, with 42 percent. Her support, however, has dropped below 50 percent for the first time in Washington Post/ABC News polls, falling 21 points since July. Her support among women has tanked, falling from 71 percent to 42 percent, during that period.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Sanders knocks Trump in MLK Day speech Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) and Vice President Biden follow with 24 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Sanders has gained 10 points since July, while Biden has gained 9 points since then amid increasing interest in a potential bid.

A majority of Americans surveyed, 55 percent, including a third of Democrats, said they disapproved of the way Clinton has handled questions about her use of private email while serving as secretary of State.

— This report was updated at 7:18 a.m.