Trumpleads, Carson second as GOP voters favor change over experience
By DanBalz and Scott Clement November 22 at 12:01 AM
For thefourth consecutive month, businessman Donald Trump leads the contest for theRepublican presidential nomination, with his candidacy fueled by a powerfulanti-Washington mood among GOP voters, according to a newnational poll by The Washington Post and ABC News.
After atumultuous period that has included terrorist attacks in Paris, calls forstepped-up efforts to combat Islamic State militants, a backlash againstaccepting refugees from Syria, and two Republican debates, the race looks onthe surface very much as it did in a Post-ABC survey a month ago.
Trumpruns ahead of the large field with 32 percent support among registeredRepublicans and Republican-leaning independents. Running second is retiredneurosurgeon Ben Carson at 22 percent. Both figures are identical to lastmonth.
Sen.Marco Rubio (Fla.) is the only other Republican in double digits, inching upfrom 10 to 11 percent over the past month. Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) runsfourth, with 8 percent, up from 6 percent in October. Former Florida governorJeb Bush is fifth, with 6 percent, his lowest percentage during two yearsof surveys. No other candidate has more than 4 percent nationally.
Nocandidate’s support has shifted beyond the poll’s six-percentage-point marginof error since September.