Republican presidential polls 2016: Trump enjoys 10 percent lead over Carson; respondents prefer change over experience


Donald Trump is consistently leading in the Republican presidential race with polls conducted by leading news agencies showing the real estate mogul enjoying a double digit lead over his closest competition.

In a survey conducted by The Washington and Post and ABC News, Trump led the pack at 32 percent compared to former neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 22 percent, CNN reported.

They are followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 11 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 8 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 6 percent and former tech CEO Carly Fiorina with 4 percent.

Respondents of the poll included 1,004 adults who were asked a set of questions about the Republican presidential bets from November 16-19.

The results of the poll were consistent with another survey conducted by Fox News wherein Trump was also leading with a slightly lower percentage.

In the Fox poll which was conducted among 1,016 adults, Trump was the preference of 28 percent. He was also followed by Carson who came in second place at 18 percent.

Based on the survey, Rubio and Cruz were tied with 14 percent while Bush had 5 percent of the share.

The Republican race has been heating up in recent weeks with Trump constantly pressing Carson about his foreign policy positions. The outspoken businessman also confronted his opponent about his claims of a violent youth.

Trump’s success in the polls was mainly attributed to the belief among respondents that he is the best candidate to bring change to Washington.

Over half (52 percent) of those surveyed expressed preference for a candidate who could make change happen while 28 percent said they prefer an honest candidate. Eleven percent said they wanted someone experienced to take over the White House.

While Trump led at 47 percent as the person most likely to bring change to the leadership, Carson is still viewed as the most honest with 34 percent and Bush got 33 percent as the candidate with the most experience to lead the country beyond 2016.