Carson now most favorable GOP candidate

Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonYes, President Trump, we do have a homelessness crisis and you're making it harder for us to address New HUD rule would eliminate housing stability for thousands of students Carson defends transgender comments, hits media for 'mischaracterizations' MORE is the most popular 2016 Republican White House hopeful, according to a new poll.

Over seven in 10 Republicans in a Washington Post-ABC News survey view the retired neurosurgeon positively. Carson earns a 71 percent favorability rating, pollsters found, with 39 percent of that total “strongly” favorable toward him.

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Carson’s favorability rating is up from 68 percent in a similar poll six weeks ago.

Carson now edges out Donald Trump, who scores a 69 percent favorability rating in the latest poll, released Tuesday.

The outspoken billionaire’s “strongly” favorable rating is 13 points behind Carson’s. 

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Warren turns up heat in battle with Facebook | Instagram unveils new data privacy feature | Advocacy group seeks funding to write about Big Tech TikTok adds former lawmakers to help develop content moderation policies This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington MORE (R-Fla.) ranks third with 58 percent viewing him favorably — 19 percent of that total rank him “strongly” favorable.

Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington The Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers return to work as Dem candidates set to debate MORE (R-Texas) rounds out the 2016 GOP field’s top five.

The poll of 263 self-identified Republicans, conducted Nov. 4-8, has a 7-point margin of error.

Carson and Trump are neck and neck for next year’s Republican presidential nomination across multiple national polls.

Trump leads Carson with 24.8 percent to the former doctor’s 24.4 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average.