Poll: Trump edges ahead of Cruz in Iowa
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE narrowly edges out Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Trail: Pence's knives come out Pat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline MORE (R-Texas) for the lead in Iowa, a new poll released Tuesday finds. 

The Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey shows the real estate mogul leads Cruz, 28 to 25 percent, within the margin of error. But while Trump leads, Cruz has been building the most momentum, gaining 11 points since the organization's November poll. Trump picked up 6 points since the last poll.

Cruz also had a higher favorability rating, 68 to 20 percent, compared to Trump’s favorability, 53 to 36 percent. 

“Ted Cruz’s momentum in Iowa is getting all the attention,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a news release. “But Donald Trump is on the up swing there as well.” 


Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election US intelligence says Russia seeking to 'denigrate' Biden MORE (R-Fla.) is in a distant third place, with 14 percent, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, with 10 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 7 percent. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all hit 3 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) both received 2 percent, while Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-S.C.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) both register at 1 percent. 

The poll, which was conducted after Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States, found that 78 percent of voters support his ban, while 13 percent oppose it.

Recent Iowa polls have found Trump and Cruz neck and neck. Last week, a Monmouth University poll found Cruz leading Trump while a new Quinnipiac University poll on Monday showed Trump narrowly ahead of Cruz. 

A RealClearPolitics average of Iowa GOP polls shows Cruz leading Trump by 1 percentage point.

The poll was conducted from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13 and surveyed 522 usual GOP primary voters via phone and Internet. The margin of error was 4.3 percentage points.