Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson seems to be giving businessman Donald Trump a run for his money, closing in on the billionaire’s presidential lead with poll numbers on Monday showing a decided tie at the top of the Republican field in Iowa.
Both tout 23 percent among Iowa voters, Monmouth University’s survey found. And as far as favorability goes, Carson has Trump – well, trumped.
Monmouth found Carson with an 81 percent favorability factor, compared to 6 percent, who dislike him, Politico reported. Trump, meanwhile, stands at a 52 percent favorability rating with voters – which is still decent, given his 47 percent favorability a month ago. Those disliking Trump stand at 33 percent, down slightly from 35 percent last month, the poll showed.
The two candidates are believed to be tapping into voter upset with the political establishment, and with professional politicos. Neither Carson nor Trump, nor emerging favorite Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard executive, have held political offices.
Monmouth found women prefer Carson to Trump, at 30 percent to 19 percent, while the opposite was true for Trump: Men preferred him over Carson, 27 percent to 17 percent. Carson also leads among the Evangelical voters, besting Trump in this category 29 percent to 23 percent.
Those participants who described themselves as very and somewhat conservative were split between Trump and Carson; those who said they were moderate and liberal chose Trump at 26 percent; Fiorina at 18 percent and Carson, 17 percent.
The survey was conducted Aug. 27-30, and included 405 likely caucus participants with a plus-or-minus margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.