The latest CNN/ORC poll finds Donald Trump in the lead for the Republican presidential nomination, as Cruz replaces Carson in second place.
Thirty-six percent of Republican and Republican-leaning Independent respondents in the poll conducted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 1 chose Trump as the candidate they would be most likely to support in 2016, an increase of 9 percent since mid-October.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in second place with 16 percent of votes, while Ben Carson, who often runs second to Trump in polls, took the third spot with 14 percent. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is in fourth place with 12 percent of respondents support.
Cruz had a giant leap in support since the mid-October poll, jumping 12 percentage points, while Carson fell 8 percentage points. Rubio had a minor gain of 4 percent.
With a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. of Florida Jeb Bush, and all other candidates could actually have 0 percent of support from voters given their 4 percent or less poll results.
Trump was also found to be the candidate respondents find to be able to best handle the economy, illegal immigration, foreign policy, the Islamic State, and the federal budget.
The economy, illegal immigration, and foreign policy were all seen as important issues that voters will consider when selecting who they will vote for in the election. Terrorism is the issue that appears to be the most important to respondents, with 50 percent viewing it as extremely important; the highest percentage given on any of the issues.
Fifty-two percent of respondents believe Trump has the best chance of winning the White House. Rubio, who took the second spot, is believed to only have a 15 percent chance of winning the election, with Cruz at 11 percent and Carson with a 10 percent chance.
On the Democratic side of the presidential election, Hillary Clinton has 60 percent of support, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll released Dec. 2. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont received 30 percent of respondents votes.
In a matchup between the two front runners, Clinton was found likely to beat Trump by 6 percent.
Against any Republican candidate, Quinnipiac respondents found Clinton to be victorious in the election.
Sanders’ odds of beating any of the Republican candidates were similar to Clinton’s, but he had a larger win over Trump with 8 percent.