Trump grabs double-digit lead in Iowa poll

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE has captured a double-digit lead in the first voting state of Iowa a little over a week before the caucuses there, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday.

Trump is supported by 37 percent of likely GOP voters in the Hawkeye State, followed by Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWSJ editorial board condemns Trump for 'trash' Scarborough tweets: 'Ugly even for him' Progressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP funds Green group proposes nearly T infrastructure and clean energy stimulus plan MORE, at 26 percent, and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former NIC Director Greg Treverton rips US response; WHO warns of 'immediate second peak' if countries reopen too quickly This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Overwhelming majority of publicly traded firms have not returned small-business loans: review MORE at 14 percent. 


That represents at least a 3-point rise for each of those candidates from the same survey conducted in late November and early December. 

All other candidates remain in single digits in the latest survey, with Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCOVID-19 makes Trump's work with black Americans that much harder Sunday shows preview: Congress spars over next round of coronavirus relief; GOP seeks offensive after news of Flynn 'unmasking' On The Money: Small business loan program out of money | Lawmakers at impasse over new funds | Senate adjourns for week with no deal | Trump to leave decision on reopening economies with governors MORE at 6 percent, Jeb Bush at 3 percent, Mike Huckabee at 3 percent and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump urges GOP to vote against bill reauthorizing surveillance powers Sunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Congress headed toward unemployment showdown MORE at 2 percent.

Trump has been battling Cruz for the past two weeks for support in Iowa.

This week Trump unveiled an endorsement from former 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who campaigned with him in Des Moines. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad also called for the Texas senator to be defeated. 

While Cruz was considered a month ago to be a favorite to win the Feb. 1 caucuses in Iowa, several recent polls have indicated a much tighter race between him and Trump there. 

The pair have battled for the support of evangelical voters.

The CNN/ORC poll of 266 likely GOP caucus-goers was conducted Jan. 15–20 via telephones with a margin of error of 6 percentage points.

Three recent polls in the state have shown more malleability in the race between the two front-runners, with one finding Cruz with a 2-point edge and two others putting Trump up by either 1 point or 6 points.

Nearly half of respondents in the latest CNN/ORC poll, 49 percent, said they have "definitely decided" on a candidate, while 22 percent are leaning toward one and 28 percent are undecided.