Poll: Donald Trump Loses Iowa Lead To Ben Carson

Ben Carson speaking at CPAC 2014 in Washington, DC.

Ben Carson now leads the GOP vote in Iowa, a recent poll found.

Carson's popularity in the critical state has soared, giving him an eight-point lead over Donald Trump, who had dominated the polls in the first caucus state for the last three months, according to a Quinnipiac University poll via ABC news.

Over the last month, however, the retired neurosurgeon's numbers soared by 8 points, boosting his support  to 28 percent, while Trump's numbers dropped seven points to 20 percent.

Carson has received more and more support from women respondents (33 percent), while Trump only has 13 percent from them. Both Trump and Carson poll more or less equally with men, with 25 percent of male respondents supporting Carson and 24 percent support Trump, Talking Points Memo reports.

Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly criticized Trump during the first GOP debate for referring to women as "slobs" and "fat pigs," while the former reality TV star reportedly said of Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?" according to ABC News.

Carson's lead in the crucial state comes after the candidate fought criticism for making controversial statements about gun control and Muslim politicians.

Trump remained the front runner in a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll that showed the real estate mogul, who has dominated national polls for the last three months, leading Carson by 10 points.

While the majority of Republicans consider Trump to be the strongest candidate regarding the economy and illegal immigration, Carson scores very highly when it comes to charisma. The poll found that 89 percent of GOP caucus goers consider Carson to be honest and trustworthy, and 84 percent said that he is favorable in general.

Carson was not the only candidate with increased support. Marco Rubio also gained 8 points, bringing him to 13 percent support. Ted Cruz received 10 percent support and Rand Paul received six percent, while Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina tied with five percent. All other GOP candidates received three percent or less.

Sources: ABC News, Talking Points Memo 
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