Poll; Trump and Carson knotted up in Iowa, Carson leads in favorability


One is famous for making billions of dollars in his real estate and investment empire, the other made headlines with a very public and very up close and personal smack down of Barack Obama. One is a legitimate superstar in the world of business, the same for the other in the world of medicine.

What they have in common is they’re both running for the presidency of the United States. Oh, and their also tied in Iowa. As reported by CNN and USA TODAY, both on Aug.31, 2015, business mogul and multi-billionaire Donald Trump and now retired director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital Dr. Ben Carson are tied at 23 percent according to a recently released Monmouth University Poll conducted among likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers.

Other than the fact that this is the first time since last July that a reputable poll in the first four states to select a Republican nominee not find the surging Donald Trump with a commanding lead, the top placing three candidates also share a shocking similarity. Very possibly causing seismic tremors within the establishment Republican Party, another non-politician rounded out the top three.

According to the New Jersey university’s polling center, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina garnered 10 percent of those interviewed. The remaining candidates, politicians all, are as follows; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, at 9 percent; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, at 7 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at 5 percent; Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, each at 4 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, at 3 percent; and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, at 2 percent.

Receiving less headlines, but most certainly getting the attention of GOP insiders was the favorability/unfavorability/no opinion ratings. While Carson led the pack with a whopping 81 percent favorable – 6 percent unfavorable rating. Coming in dead last was the presumptive Republican candidate Jeb Bush with a mere 32 percent. Unfortunately for the former Florida governor, the only category he won was in unfavorability, a dream crushing 51 percent..

  • Commentator and Doctor Ben Carson – 81% 6% 14%
  • Businesswoman Carly Fiorina – 67% 8% 25%
  • Florida Senator Marco Rubio – 64% 13% 23%
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – 64% 16% 20%
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz – 58% 21% 21%
  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee 53% 27% 21%
  • Businessman Donald Trump – 52% 33% 14%
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich 32% 23% 45%
  • Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush – 32% 51% 17%