John Kasich tied for 2nd in new New Hampshire poll; Trump in 1st


With the New Hampshire primary just less than a month away, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is now in second place in the state, according to the newest poll by Monmouth University.

Donald Trump still leads the Republican field with 32 percent, up from 26 in the last poll in November.

Kasich is at 14 percent, tied with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in third at 12.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is at 8 percent, Carly Fiorina is at 5, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is tied with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 4.

Ben Carson, who had been toward the top of the pack in the past, has fallen to 3 percent in New Hampshire.

Other than Trump, Cruz has seen the biggest gain. He is up 5 points since November. Carson plummeted from 16 percent.

“As Granite State voters start to firm up their decision, it’s looking more and more unlikely that Trump will be toppled from his perch. The real fight is for second place,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

New Hampshire's primary is Feb. 9.

Bad news for Bush in the poll, he is the only Republican candidate whose unfavorable rating is higher than his favorable rating. The poll shows 47 percent of New Hampshire Republicans have an unfavorable view of him compared to 39 favorable.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from January 7 to 10, 2016 with 414 New Hampshire voters likely to vote in the Republican presidential primary. This sample has a margin of error of +4.8 percent.


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