Ben Carson Tops Donald Trump In Recent National Poll

Jennifer Deutschmann

Ben Carson appears to have pulled ahead of Donald Trump in a recent national poll. The poll, which was conducted by CBS News and the New York Times, indicates 26 percent of Republican participants support Carson for the presidential nomination. Although 22 percent of those polled expressed support for Trump, the results suggest Trump’s popularity is beginning to wane.

Donald Trump has maintained a strong lead among the Republican candidates for quite some time. However, as reported by CBS, “support for Ben Carson has quadrupled” in the last two months.

To conduct the recent poll, CBS News/New York Times contacted a random sampling of 1,289 people via telephone. Of those polled, 1,136 were registered voters and 575 were registered Republicans.

Although the margin of error is “six percentage points,” the poll revealed 26 percent of the Republican participants support presidential hopeful Ben Carson.

Trump came in second place, with 22 percent. However, the participants who support Trump seem to be more secure in their decision. More than half of his supporters said “their minds are made up about their support.” In stark contrast, 79 percent of Carson’s supporters admitted “they could change their minds.”

A native of Queens, New York, Donald John Trump attended Fordham University, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance.

Following graduation, Donald joined his father at the helm of his family’s real estate building and development company — Elizabeth Trump & Son. He later took over operations and renamed the company the Trump Organization.

A brilliant, and often shrewd, businessman, Trump amassed a fortune by purchasing and revitalizing financially distressed companies and properties.

Although he is admired for his success, and financial status, Trump is equally notorious for speaking his mind — regardless of the potential consequences.

Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has made numerous comments — which are criticized as sexist and racist. However, despite the ongoing controversy, he remains a front runner for the Republican nomination.

As stated on his official website, Trump’s slogan is “Make America Great Again.” With a primary focus on immigration reform, tax reform, and Second Amendment rights, he had gained the support of millions of voters nationwide.

Although he maintained his lead for months, Trump is now facing strong competition from candidate Ben Carson.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ben Carson attended Yale University, the University of Michigan Medical School, and Johns Hopkins University. He is recognized as a talented surgeon — who is well known for his success in separating conjoined twins.

Following his retirement from medicine in 2013, Carson became involved in national politics. As reported by Biography, his political career began with a National Prayer Breakfast speech — which strongly criticized President Barack Obama’s stance on healthcare and tax issues. Although he admits he is “… not a politician,” Carson said he is invested in America’s future.

As stated on his campaign website, Ben Carson’s slogan is “Heal, Inspire, Revive.” The primary focuses of his presidential campaign are abortion, education, the federal budget, healthcare, Second Amendment rights, and tax reform.

Although Ben Carson is gaining in popularity, his candidacy is not without controversy. As a child and teen, Carson struggled with a violent temper. On separate occasions, he threatened his mother with a hammer and assaulted two of his classmates. Carson did not physically injure his mother. However, “he inflicted a major head injury on a classmate” and “nearly stabbed to death a friend.”

Following the stabbing incident, Ben Carson reportedly turned to religion — which helped him overcome his volatile temper and violent past.

Despite numerous controversies, Donald Trump and Ben Carson remain the front runners among the Republican presidential candidates.

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