Poll: Carson holds 1-point lead over Trump
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonKavanaugh an excellent fit to continue the Supreme Court's honored tradition GOP strategist: Republican candidates distancing themselves from Trump could backfire in midterms Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events MORE and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE are running neck and neck in the race for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination among Republican voters, according to the latest national poll.

Carson leads Trump by a single point in the McClatchy-Marist survey released Tuesday.


The retired pediatric neurosurgeon takes 24 percent to the outspoken billionaire’s 23 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents nationwide.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias House lawmakers urge top intel official to probe national security threat of doctored videos MORE (R-Fla.), the only other GOP contender with double-digit support, ranks third with 12 percent.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGrassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt FEC: Cruz campaign didn't violate rules with fundraising letter labeled ‘summons’ Cruz criticizes O'Rourke on Dallas shooting: Wish he wasn't 'so quick to always blame the police officer' MORE (R-Texas) tie for fourth place with 8 percent each, the new poll added.

Tuesday’s results, however, show that Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe Trump is most capable of winning the 2016 general election.

Pollsters found that 31 percent believe Trump can defeat any Democratic nominee in that match-up next year. Carson earns 26 percent and Rubio again takes third with 19 percent.

The new McClatchy-Marist survey also shows that many Republicans and Republican-leaning independents do not want a Trump victory.

It found that 37 percent do not want the real estate mogul as their party’s nominee in 2016. Almost one-third also rejects Bush as the Republican standard-bearer next year.

Republicans and Republican-leaning independents prefer Carson the more they hear about him, according to the new poll.

A little over two-thirds of respondents have improved opinions of Carson after learning more about him. Another 20 percent said they liked Carson less, while 13 percent reported they were unsure or had not heard of him.  

Rubio ranks second in that category, with 58 percent who increasingly like him the more they hear about him.

Almost half of respondents, however, like Trump less the more they hear versus 44 percent who like him more. 

McClatchy-Marist conducted its latest sampling of 431 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 nationwide. It has a 4.7 percent margin of error.